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On Sunday afternoon, it was confirmed that the UK had hit its target of giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 15 million people, covering those who most need it. A small number of those in the high priority groups have even had their second dose. Whichever way you cut it, it’s a staggering achievement from all involved – the scientists and pharmaceutical firms who created the life saving product, those who work on the logistics of distribution, and the healthcare staff doing the jabbing.
I received the first dose of vaccine last week. I came away from the experience at my nearby GP’s surgery far more emotional than I had envisaged. Seeing this great local, national, and international effort in action was profoundly moving.
Yet you wouldn’t know much of this from the sour-faced scientists who cannot wait to jump in front of a TV camera and tell us that we’re still going to be living with social distancing and the like for months, and maybe years, to come.