Matt Hancock said today that Riton could start vaccination against the Corona virus in the next three weeks, after hopes were raised with Pfizer’s announcement of the breakthrough.

The Minister of Health said today that he has informed the NHS to be ready to start vaccinating people from the beginning of December. This came after Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam said in a televised press conference that he “hopes” that there will be a “vaccine by Christmas”.

The British Medical Association said that plans are now being made to operate “comprehensive vaccination” clinics seven days a week, with doctors “ready” to give patients “the vaccine as soon as possible.”

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The vaccine will be spread “fairly” throughout the UK

Matt Hancock told Sky News: “The UK government has bought the vaccine for the whole of the UK and it will be fairly rolled out across the UK with the same priority no matter where you live in this country.

“The same goes for group tests, making sure to spread them across the UK.”


Back to Hancock … this time for a full test

Matt Hancock said the group tests will be rolled out across 66 local authorities.

Speaking on Sky News, he said: “I can confirm that we are doing the kind of group testing that we see in Liverpool, and we have previously tried in Stoke on Trent, across 66 local authorities.

“Sixty-six expressed interest in the first place, and I now expect a full load more.

“And of course, across countries that have been mandated.”

( Matt Hancock talks about launching a vaccine in the UK / BBC News )

In even grim news, layoffs hit a record high

And according to new official statistics, more people were laid off between July and September than ever before, as the pandemic devastated large parts of the economy.

About 314,000 surpluses were recorded during the three months, an increase of 181,000 from the previous quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Data shows that the UK unemployment rate stood at 4.8 per cent in the three months to September.

It’s an increase of 0.7 percentage points from the previous quarter, and 0.9 percentage points from last year.

Meanwhile, about 33,000 people were dropped from payroll last month, adding to a drop of 782,000 in payroll since March of this year, when the pandemic struck.


Matt Hancock noticed optimism at the start of today’s media tours …


More than 780,000 Britons lost their jobs between March and October – Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that the number of UK workers on payrolls decreased slightly last month and decreased by 782,000 between March and October due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Here are the latest UK numbers:

This brings the official death toll in the UK to 49,238.

However, separate figures published by British statistical agencies for deaths when Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that occurred in recent days, show that there are now 65,000 coronavirus deaths in the UK.

The government said that as of 9am on Sunday, there were 21,350 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

This brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,213,363.


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The United States records 10 million cases of Covid-19

The United States recorded 10 million cases of coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, on the same day that Pfizer and BioNTech announced their vaccine.

Just now, the Baltimore-based university tracker has shown that 10018,278 cases have been registered in the United States since the start of the epidemic, and 237742 deaths.

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Northern Ireland ministers have yet to make a decision on easing coronavirus restrictions

Stormont ministers have ended discussions on whether to ease COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland without making any final decisions.

The ministers meet again Tuesday morning to continue discussions before the end of the Thursday scheduled to close the circuit for four weeks.


Kate Bingham expected to quit due to elusive cronyism allegations – according to reports.

The Guardian and the Financial Times report that Boris Johnson, the head of the vaccine task force, will step down amid criticism that she has spent 670,000 pounds of taxpayer money with a public relations firm.

The Financial Times reported tonight that government officials said of Bingham, “She will be out at the end of the year.”