Priti Patel announced that the mass launch of the coronavirus vaccine is now delivering 200 puffs per minute.
Speaking at a press conference on 10 Downing Street, the Home Secretary said the NHS was working as “efficiently and fairly” as possible to reach as many people as possible.
To date, nearly 5,000,000 have been given at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Patel also assured that coronavirus vaccines are safe as she wanted to counteract disinformation, especially against people with ethnic backgrounds.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, she said, “I would like to take this moment and opportunity to counter some disinformation about the vaccine, particularly any messages directed at people with ethnic minorities.
“This vaccine is safe for all of us. It will keep you and your family safe. It’s our best chance to beat this virus.
“So I urge everyone in our wonderfully diverse country to get the vaccine when it’s their turn to protect us all.”
The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in England stood at 33,235 at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, according to the latest figures from NHS England.
This is slightly below the record of 34,336 patients on January 18, but down 1% from a week and 88% since Christmas.
In four regions, the number of Covid-19 patients increased from week to week: In the Midlands with 6,380 patients, the number increased by 10%; North West England with 4,287 residents also up 10%; North East England / Yorkshire with 3,814 inhabitants again up 10%; and South West England with 2,311 residents by 9%.
The figures for the other regions are: London 7,332 patients, down 6%; South East England 5,033, down 8%; and Eastern England 4,078, down 5%.