Robert Peston uses new data to predict 'massive UK vaccination programme' ...

ROBERT PESTON has used new data to predict the NHS will roll out a "massive vaccination programme" within just two weeks.

PUBLISHED: 12:21, Mon, Jan 4, 2021 | UPDATED: 12:48, Mon, Jan 4, 2021

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Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine begins rollout in the UK

ITV's Political Editor made the bold claim on Twitter where he said AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, should be able to supply the NHS with 2 million doses every week by mid-January. Healthcare workers are currently rolling out an initial 500,000 doses of the jab.

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The first person to receive the Oxford vaccine was injected this morning.

Six hospital trusts, in Oxford, London, Sussex, Lancashire and Warwickshire, are administering the vaccine today.

Other doses will then be sent to hundreds of GP-led services and care homes across the UK later in the week, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

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AstraZeneca made just half-a-million doses of the vaccine available while the drug was pending approval.

covid vaccine news oxford vaccine trackerRobert Peston has said the NHS will roll out a "massive vaccination programme" within two weeks (Image: Getty)

covid vaccine boris johnson oxfordBoris Johnson watches as Jennifer Dumasi receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine (Image: Getty)

But the company is quickly ramping up its capacity, Mr Peston said.

He wrote on Twitter: "AstraZeneca expects to be able to supply 2m doses of the Oxford/AZ vaccine to the NHS every week by the second half of January.

"This week the number is 'only' 500,000 because the company kept the vaccine in 'drug substance' form pending approval.

"But AZ is ramping up fast and filling vials at a rapid rate."

He added: "It is realistic to expect a massive vaccination programme to be well into its stride within a fortnight, so long as the NHS and the government - led

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