UK's jabs rollout prevented 27,000 deaths and blocked 2.5 million Covid cases in England alone

THE UK's jabs rollout has stopped 27,000 deaths and prevented 7.2 million infections in England alone.

It has become a program admired around the globe, with more than 80 per cent of British adults having had at least one dose.

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PHE Head of Immunisation Dr Mary Ramsay said today: “These findings remind us once again why getting both doses of your vaccine is the most important thing you can do to stop the spread of this terrible disease.

“As well as preventing the deaths of tens of thousands from COVID-19, for the first time we can now appreciate the huge impact that the vaccines have had on stopping people getting infected, and therefore passing the virus on to others.”

The results were produced using the PHE/Cambridge real-time pandemic surveillance model, looking at the direct and indirect impact of the vaccination programme on infections and mortality.

The total was calculated by comparing the estimated impact of vaccination on infection and mortality against a worst-case scenario where no vaccines were in place to reduce infections and mortality.

In his first address to the House of Commons as Health Secretary, Sajid Javid highlighted the difficulties posed by the Delta variant, first identified in India.

He said the Government is using the four-week delay in easing restrictions in England to "protect as many people as we can".

He told the Commons: "When the Government took that decision on June 14, over 4.3 million over-40s had had a first dose but not a second.


"Now that's down to 3.2 million people over 40. We can all be assured by how many more people are getting the life-saving opportunity that the vaccine offers."

Mr Javid said: "Our aim is that around two-thirds of all adults in this country will have had both doses by 19 July.

"We're bringing forward second doses and bringing forward our target for first doses too so we can meet that 19 July goal.

"Vaccine uptake remains sky-high. We've seen that age is no barrier for enthusiasm for getting the jab.

"As of this weekend, more than half of adults under 30 have taken up the chance to be vaccinated including in the last couple of weeks all three of my own adult children."

Mr Javid said the vaccines were working, including against the Delta variant.

He said: "The latest modelling from PHE shows that they have saved over 27,000 lives and have prevented over seven million people from getting Covid-19."

He added: "Two doses of the vaccine are just as effective against hospital admission with the Delta variant compared to the Alpha variant."


He went on: "While cases now are ticking up, the number of deaths remains mercifully low."

The Health Secretary today confirmed England won't unlock early on July 5 – as he urged Brits to hang on three more weeks for Freedom Day.

Making his first appearance in the Commons, the new Health Secretary said the Government will look to scrap the majority of restrictions on July 19.


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