Matt Hancock says Astrazeneca jab to make coronavirus vaccine roll out ‘faster’ for UK

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Matt Hancock welcomed the news that British regulators had approved the Oxford/Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine in time for the new year.

The Health Secretary said the new jab will allow health officials to roll out the vaccination programme “much faster” and to more Britons across the UK.

Mr Hancock admitted to feeling “confident” the Astrazeneca vaccine will help the country return to normality “by the spring” of 2021.

He did however note regulators had suggested the second dose of the jab be administered 12 weeks after the first one while the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine only requires 21 days between doses.

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