Three quarters of all UK adults have now had a Covid vaccine

Three-quarters of adults in the UK are estimated to have received a first dose
of a Covid-19 vaccine, health agency figures show.

The country has passed the latest milestone as concerns grow about the spread of the variant first identified in India.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has said confidence in the vaccines has been ‘sky high’.

He told the Global Vaccine Confidence Summit: ‘We continue to top the list of places where people are willing to take, or have taken, a Covid vaccine – around nine in 10 of us.’

He added: ‘I am aware that this isn’t a vaccine world cup – different nations don’t compete for one prize, we know that when everyone is safe we’re all going to be the winners.’

Mr Hancock added that when vaccine confidence in one country ‘takes a hit’ then ‘word can spread, fake news travels fast’.

‘Vaccine confidence is an international challenge and one that takes international action,’ he added.

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