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February 7, 2021

The vaccines minister has told Sky News he is "confident" the UK will hit its "tough target" of offering everybody over 50 a coronavirus jab by May.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Nadhim Zahawi said that at one point on Saturday, the UK was administering COVID-19 jabs at a rate of almost 1,000 per minute.

"The limiting factor is vaccine supply so the vaccine supply remains finite," he said.

"I can tell you that yesterday between 11 and 12 o'clock we almost got to 1,000 jabs a minute, we got to 979 jabs a minute."

 

Latest figures show more than 11.4 million people in the UK have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The pace of the vaccine rollout indicates the UK is on track to meet its target of offering a jab to everyone in the top four priority groups - about 15 million people - by the middle of this month.