THE UK has given more vaccine doses than the rest of Europe combined as 2.6million jabs have been handed out.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement while setting out the Government's ambitous plan to ramp up the country's vaccine roll out.
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Mr Hancock said tonight: "We have protected more people, through vaccinations, than all other countries in Europe put together."
He confirmed that 2.6million doses have been given out tomore than 2.3million people across the country so far.
The 47-page plan, revealed this afternoon, explains how millions of Brits will get the vaccine in the coming weeks and months.
Mr Hancock said today: "Vaccines are important and I care about them because I want our country to get back to normal as fast as possible.
"I want us to have that great British summer – my team and I are working fast to deliver this as soon as possible."
Mr Hancock said vaccination was the "fastest route to safely lifting restrictions" and the Government was on track to vaccinate the 15 million people most at risk by middle of February.
He said two fifths of over-80s have now received their first dose, while almost a quarter of care home residents have received theirs, with a commitment to reach all residents by the end of January.
Daily data on vaccinations will also be released from today – and weekly in more detail from Thursday.
He hailed the thousands of Brits who have signed up to be vaccination volunteers and help with the roll out through The Sun's Jabs Army campaign.
Mr Hancock said: "Come and join, the jabs army is marching."
Everyone will live within 10 miles of a vaccine centre by the end of the month, it was promised today.
And it came as he also confirmed Britain could jab people through the night too – promising to do "whatever it takes" to ensure people get the vaccine.
The Health secretary explained: "If both the person doing the vaccination and doing the vaccinating would prefer that to happen in the middle of the day rather than the night we will do it if that's what's necessary.
"Our attitude is whatever it takes."
Covid-19 vaccine roll out in Europe
Number of doses administered in european countries and the UK according to outworldindata.org
UK – 2.6million as of January 11
Denmark – 115,932 as of January 10
Italy – 654,000 as of January 11
Germany – 613,347 as of January 10
Spain – 277,976 as of January 8
Sweden – 40,000 as of January 4
France – 80,000 as of January 8
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