Mass Vaccine Rollout Under Way In Europe As Covid Mutates Into More Contagious Strain
A massive vaccination rollout is underway in Europe as more than a dozen countries are reporting cases of a mutated Covid-19 variant. It is believed to be about 70% more contagious than the original. NBC News' Matt Bradley reports on vaccine distribution efforts.
A massive vaccination rollout is under way in Europe as more than a dozen countries are reporting cases of a mutated Covid-19 variant. It is believed to be about 70% more contagious than the original. NBC News' Matt Bradley reports on vaccine distribution efforts. Indonesia has begun one of the biggest COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in the world to date.
It is the fourth most populous country on the planet and is hoping to inject more than 181 million people this year.
The vaccination drive started this week using CoronaVac, a jab from Chinese manufacturer Sinovac Biotech.
But the nation, which has the highest number of coronavirus deaths and infections in southeast Asia, is reversing the trend by inoculating under 60s first. The U.S. has surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths amid the vaccine rollout across the country. Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 advisory board, joins CBSN AM to talk about the incoming administration's immunization plan. There's more evidence of the intense pressure on the NHS as Covid-19 infections surge across the UK.
NHS Trusts warned they faced an "extremely challenging" situation with almost as many patients in hospital as at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic in April.
London Ambulance Service said Boxing Day was one of its busiest days ever, with winter pressures compounded by coronavirus.
Doctors in Scotland have warned that services could be overwhelmed if the relaxing of rules over Christmas leads to a surge in cases.
Clive Myrie presents BBC News reporting by Sangita Myska.