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COVID-19: Record number of people fully vaccinated in UK in latest 24-hour period

A record number of people in the UK had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, latest government figures show.

Some 449,269 received their second jab on Thursday, meaning 6,541,174 have now been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

The previous high was 1 April, when 445,416 were given their second shot.

The figures also show 96,242 people had their first dose yesterday – one of the lowest tallies since data started being released by officials in early January.

A total of 31,903,366 people have now had at least one jab.

It comes as the UK recorded another 60 coronavirus-related deaths and 3,150 cases in the latest 24-hour period.

Meanwhile, the estimated COVID-19 reproduction R number in England is unchanged at between 0.8 and 1.

It means that, on average, every 10 people who have coronavirus will infect between eight and 10 others.

Government scientists said the situation is too variable to produce a UK-wide R rate, but R is believed to be above 1 in some parts of the UK.

Also, Europe’s drugs regulator is reviewing possible links between blood clots and Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine.

The move comes after four serious cases of rare clots with low platelets were reported after the jab, one of which was fatal, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The Johnson & Johnson (also known as Janssen) vaccine, which has proved 67% effective in preventing infection and completely effective at preventing hospital admissions and death from coronavirus during trials, is currently only used in the US, under an emergency use authorisation.

The jab was was authorised in the EU last month but has not started to be rolled out to members states yet, although this is expected in the next few weeks.

The vaccine stands out from the others being used because only one shot is needed, rather than two.

The UK has ordered 30 million doses, but it has not yet been approved by the regulator.

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