With some of the highest infection and death rates in the world, the United Kingdom has been widely criticized for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the coronavirus vaccine roll-out has been a different story.
Ten weeks since approving the first vaccine, the British government hit its ambitious target of giving a single dose to 15 million of the most “at-risk” people.
Just days after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved in early December, jabs were going in arms. A month after that, mass-vaccination centers opened across the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the repurposed Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol to see the start of the roll-out. Open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, thousands have now come through those doors.
With hospitals and key large sites getting things started, the decision was then made to rapidly expand the amount of vaccination centers. There are now more than 1,500 in England.