The fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is currently underway as vaccinations begin in several countries. India is expected to soon begin the world’s largest vaccinations by passing the first two vaccines on Sunday, but the UK started on Monday with the second Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Last month, the UK also became the first country to launch vaccinations with the Pfizer Inc-BioNTech SE vaccination.
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With more than 85 million Covid-19 cases worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, here are some of the latest updates on the vaccination side.
1. 82-year-old dialysis patient Brian Pinker became the first British citizen to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the first citizen in the world. The vaccination push began with 530,000 doses of vaccine a day that ended with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing another national lockdown that would begin earlier Wednesday.
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2. The government announced Monday that Mexico had approved the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine and nodded at the injection along with the UK, Argentina and India. The announcement was made via Twitter by Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gattel. Mexico already administers Pfizer vaccine injections to healthcare workers.
3. American pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc said on Monday that Israel had approved a vaccine against COVID-19. “The Israeli Ministry of Health has secured 6 million doses, and the first delivery is expected to begin in January,” the company said. This made Israel the first in North America, after the United States and Canada, and the third in Asia to approve the Moderna vaccine.
4. Spain, which is using the Pfizer vaccine, has administered 83,000 doses since December 27, Health Minister Salvador Illa said Monday. Illa also said that Spain expects to vaccinate about 4.5 million people out of the 47 million population by the end of March. This, Illa said, will depend on Spain at about 350,000 doses per week over the next few months.
(Including agency input)