Elderly And Care Home Workers Get First Covid Vaccines in U.K.

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    The U.K. begins vaccination for Covid-19 Tuesday using shots from Pfizer and BioNTech, with care-home staff and hospital inpatients and outpatients aged over 80 the first to be immunized.

    An initial batch of 800,000 doses—enough to vaccinate 400,000 people—has been delivered from the manufacturing site in Belgium, just days after the U.K. became the first Western country to authorize the vaccine for emergency use. This happened while the country averaged 427 deaths per day in the past week, with the total exceeding 61,000, the world’s fifth-highest in total.

    Doses are planned to be shared across the U.K.’s four nations. Most will go to England and Wales, with 65,000 earmarked for Scotland and 25,000 for Northern Ireland.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has developed nine priority groups for vaccination, recommending that those in aged–care should receive the first shots.

    Between February and July, 65% of deaths from Covid-19 were of those aged over 75 and at least 2 in 5 care homes have reported an outbreak.

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    It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the world and the 6th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 376 per square kilometre (970/sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Bruges, Namur, and Leuven.

    Legally, Belgium is a sovereign state and a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organization is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: the Flemish Region in the north, Wallonia in the south, and the Brussels-Capital Region.

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