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Omicron in the UK | Vaccine withdrawal campaign, “national mission” after the first death

Omicron in the UK |  Vaccine withdrawal campaign, “national mission” after the first death

(London) This is the UK’s “national duty”: the UK is working hard on Monday to provide a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults after the first death of the Omigran variant in Europe. By the end of December.

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Several hours long queues were formed in front of the vaccination centers, the health service site struggled to respond to requests for appointments and hundreds of soldiers were mobilized to respond to the difficult task facing health officials.

Sarah Jackson, 29, told AFP in front of a vaccination center in London, “I’m going to see my grandparents in the morning to get vaccinated.”

Soon. With more than 146,500 deaths and 50,000 daily pollution, the UK, with a population of 66 million, is now facing a “Omigron wave” in the words of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Unfortunately, Omicron is making it to the hospital and it has been confirmed that at least one patient has died from Omicron’s disease,” he said when he visited the vaccination center in the British capital.

According to the AFP, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has confirmed that “the corona virus (variant) was the first confirmed death linked to Omicron, at least in Europe.” But the center qualified that “many cases are not subject to genetic sequencing” so it is “impossible to know if this is the first death linked to Omicron”.

“National Duty”

To prevent hospitals from overcrowding, the vaccination program is running out of time: the government has been pushing for a month to provide booster shots to people over the age of 18 in the UK, who can now benefit. From before the New Year.

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The mission promises to be the Titanic. The proliferation of vaccine centers, extended hours, military retention: The withdrawal campaign will double the number of third-dose doses offered to bring in about a million a day, an unprecedented level in the UK. Health Minister Sajid Javed on Sky News TV.

Boris Johnson launched a large “call for volunteers” on Monday evening to recruit volunteers to carry out this “national mission.” “We need tens of thousands of people to help,” he wrote in a statement, adding that 13,000 people have already volunteered to help in the past week.

Labor opposition leader Khair Stormer in a televised speech Monday night backed the decision to speed up the vaccination campaign. He called on the British to accept this “great challenge” and said it was their “national duty”.

Anglican spiritual leader Justin Welby “encouraged people to get vaccinated” on the Times Radio, saying it was everyone’s “moral” duty.

Approximately 40% of people over the age of 12 have already received one-third, as two vaccines are considered inadequate to provide a good level of protection against the Omigran variant.

“Separate” spread

Sajid Javed said Omigron was “spreading at an unprecedented rate”, doubling the number of pollutants every two or three days. Discovered in the UK in late November, Omicron will soon be the dominant variant, the government hopes.

A total of 4,713 Omigran cases were identified in the country on Monday, but the actual number is believed to be much higher.

This is why teleworking and wearing of masks was recently mandated in almost all closed spaces. Despite this instruction, there was traffic congestion and some buses crowding the city’s business district on Monday morning.

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Health passports will be imposed in crowded places from Wednesday, which angered some representatives of the conservative majority.

The new measures, which were put to a vote by MPs on Tuesday, are expected to be approved with the support of the opposition Labor Party.

They come under the difficult circumstances of Boris Johnson, weakened by a series of scandals involving parties in Downing Street last winter, when the British had to cut their social ties.