UK coronavirus hospital deaths rise by 388 with two weeks of lockdown to go
The latest figures have been announced (Image: Getty Images)
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The UK coronavirus hospital death toll has risen by 388 with exactly two weeks to go until the national lockdown is due to end.
In England 282 more coronavirus patients have died in hospitals, in Scotland there have been another 54 hospital deaths, in Wales 41 further people have died, and Northern Ireland's death toll has increased by 11.
The total hospital death toll was nearly 20% lower than last Wednesday's figure when the death toll increased by 478.
Yesterday the hospital death toll has increased by 410 – the biggest jump on a Tuesday for six months and more than double the daily rise a month ago.
England reported 330 fatalities, Scotland had 37, Wales recorded 34 and Northern Ireland had nine to bring the UK total to 43,286.
There is usually a spike on Tuesdays due to a weekend reporting lag.
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The latest figures come as Pfizer has revealed that final results from the late-stage trial of its Covid-19 vaccine show it is 95% effective, adding it had the required two-months of safety data and would apply for emergency US authorisation within days.
The drugmaker said efficacy of the vaccine developed with German partner BioNTech SE was consistent across age and ethnicity demographics, and that there were no major side effects, a sign that the immunization could be employed broadly around the world.
Efficacy in adults over 65 years, who are at particular risk from the virus, was over 94%.
The NHS is already preparing to deploy different coronavirus vaccines once they are approved (file photo)
The final analysis comes just one week after initial results from the trial showed the vaccine was more than 90% effective.
The NHS is already preparing to deploy different coronavirus vaccines once they are approved by regulators, NHS's medical director has said.
Professor Stephen Powis said the programme would be rolled out through traditional vaccine routes such as GPs and pharmacies.
But he added that new vaccine centres could be specially created to speed up the delivery of new vaccines.
Prof Powis told the COBRA Data Briefing at Downing Street: "We are planning for different types of vaccine and the plans around the delivery mechanism, with this contingent upon the particular vaccine and the data that comes from the trials and the advice from regulators.
"We will be saying more about this in the next few days but meanwhile we are working hard, we are ensuring we have a workforce to do this, I have talked about general practice who are stepping up for this, but St John's are also recruiting volunteers, so we have additional vaccine workforce."