MATT Hancock gave an update on the fight against coronavirus as he led the latest Downing Street press conference today (Wednesday April 28, 2021).
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Health secretary Matt Hancock led the latest Downing Street press conference today (Wednesday, April 28, 2021)Credit: Reuters
What time was Matt Hancock’s speech?
Health secretary Matt Hancock addressed the nation live from Downing Street at 5pm today.
They are usually flanked by experts and Government science advisers, including England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and the ever popular Jonathan Van-Tam.
What did he announce?
One in four UK adults are now fully vaccinated after a record number of second doses were dished out in a week.
It means a quarter have had both jabs – a total of 13,201,811 people.
Matt Hancock addressed the nation at 5pm this evening (Wednesday, April 28, 2021)Credit: AFP
The Health Secretary today addressed the nation after reaching the huge milestone.
The success of the vaccine rollout means it is the equivalent of 25.1 per cent of the adult population being protected against severe illness or death.
Wales is estimated to have given two doses to 27.8 per cent of adults, ahead of England (24.9 per cent), Scotland (24.9 per cent) and Northern Ireland (24.5 per cent).
The figures are for vaccinations reported by the UK’s health agencies up to and including April 26.
It reflects the speedy pace at which the administering of second doses has been ramped up across the country during the past month.
The Health Secretary also revealed that anyone aged 42 or older can now come forward and book a vaccine.
Mr Hancock said he is delighted as he can now have the jab first thing tomorrow morning.
It was also revealed that 60 million extra Pfizer vaccines have been secured for the UK.
This is to help the government prepare to dole out booster jabs to the vulnerable to prevent a third wave.
How can I watch Matt Hancock’s announcement?
The Downing Street conference took place from 5pm and is broadcast through various formats.
Viewers can watch the presser on the Sun’s official YouTube account
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