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MATT Hancock addressed the nation today (February 1) to update the nation on the battle against Covid-19.
The Health Secretary was joined by Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, and Dr Susan Hopkins, from Public Health England.
Matt Hancock led tonight’s coronavirus press conferenceCredit: Reuters
What did Matt Hancock announce?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “so proud” of the fact more than 9.2 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a Covid vaccine.
One in 60 adults in UK vaccinated this weekend
Matt Hancock said 931,204 vaccinations happened just this weekend – which is equivalent to one in every 60 adults in the whole of the UK vaccinated in one single weekend.
Almost nine in 10 over 80s have had Covid jab
Matt Hancock said the UK has now given the vaccine to almost nine in 10 of all over 80s and over half of all people in their 70s.
He went onto add every eligible care home with older residents in England has been visited to offer the vaccine to all residents and staff.
UK has ordered another 40 million doses of the Valneva vaccine
Matt Hancock also confirmed the UK has ordered another 40 million doses of the Valneva vaccine.
He said: “We’ve invested early and at risk before we know for sure if it will come good,” and have taken a “no regrets attitude to backing vaccines”.
If the Valneva vaccine gets regulatory approval it will be made in Scotland, he added.
This shows “how important it is the whole UK working as one together”.
How can I watch his speech?
You can watch the briefings live on Sun Online as with previous press conferences.
You can also follow our coronavirus live blog for all the latest updates.
You can also watch on The Sun’s YouTube page.