Britain suffered its worst day in the pandemic, with more than 1800 deaths recorded in 24 hours, as Boris Johnson’s chief scientific adviser warned some hospitals now look ‘like a war zone’.

Health Minister Greg Hunt is confident Australia remains on track to receive its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine in the second half of February despite concerns in Europe over shortages and delays.
Unveiling more details of the COVID-19 vaccination plan on Thursday, Mr Hunt said the “ace in the hole” is the AstraZeneca vaccine. More than 50 million doses of the vaccine will be manufactured locally, and that will be used to immunise the majority of the population.
“We have the comfort and security of sovereign domestic production here in Australia,” he said.
As the country edges closer to the slated mid-February commencement of the vaccinations program, doctors, nurses and pharmacists will start compulsory training in how to deliver COVID-19 vaccines within the next two weeks.
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