With the vaccine roll out accelerating, the end is in sight and we will get through this together, Matt Hancock said in a tweet.
It comes as the rollout of the new Oxford and AstraZeneca jab is due to start on Monday after the United Kingdom was the first country in the world to approve it.
The roll-out of the Pfizer vaccine, which the United Kingdom was also first to approve, started nearly a month ago.
The Government has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford jab, enough to vaccinate 50 million people, nearly the whole UK adult population, as two doses are required.
And while ministers have insisted that the approval of the vaccines means COVID restrictions could be lifted by Spring, scientists and medics are less optimistic as the nation labours to fight off the second wave.
More than half a million doses of the Oxford jab will be available from next week, but that’s far short of the 30 million doses the Government originally said it would have accumulated by autumn.
And concerns are increasing over the rate of vaccinations achieved so far as the NHS manages with record numbers of hospital admissions driven by a new, more contagious strain of the virus.
Scientific advisers have estimated that at least two million vaccinations a week could be needed, as well as a lockdown that includes school closures, to avoid the pressure on intensive care surpassing the peak of the first wave.
Ministers have altered the strategy to give as many vulnerable people as possible the first dose, and the Government revealed this week that it will give both parts of the Oxford and Pfizer vaccines 12 weeks apart, having originally planned to leave 21 days between the Pfizer jabs.
However, the move has been criticised by GP leaders, with The British Medical Association saying cancelling patients booked in for their second doses was grossly unjust.
For the Oxford vaccine, the plan is consistent with a finding that waiting 12 weeks maximises protection against the virus, but the makers of the Pfizer jab said it had no data to indicate that protection after the first dose was sustained after 21 days.
The UK’s chief medical officers have supported the decision, saying the United Kingdom needs to urgently maximise the number of people who receive the jab and that the great majority of initial protection came from the first dose.
Even though it’s wonderful news that the jab is here, numerous people will believe that by getting the jab it will thoroughly protect them from getting coronavirus and passing it on.
It probably won’t, but at least the symptoms will be less if you do catch it, but at the moment we’re all acting like it’s some miracle cure.
The virus is so deadly that it only has a 99.9 per cent survival rate if caught.
99.98 per cent for the under 30’s, 99.97 per cent for under 50’s, 98.97 per cent for under 70’s and 94.5 per cent for over 80’s, assuming the person has no underlying health problems.
The average age of death from it is 82.
Sixteen hundred people die daily in the United Kingdom pre-COVID, but no hysteria and Pneumonia, Flu/Influenza et cetera can all cause long term secondary damage.
If your worried stay at home, lose weight, have your vaccine, which probably won’t stop the transmission and shut the hell up – basically, that’s what the Government are telling you to do.