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U.K. Bets 2 Million Vaccine Shots a Week Will End Lockdown

  • Medics warn health service risks being overwhelmed in 3 weeks
  • Government races to vaccinate 13.9 million by mid-February
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Johnson Orders National Lockdown Across England
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Boris Johnson pinned his hopes for a national recovery on a plan to deliver 2 million coronavirus vaccinations a week, as the U.K. went back into lockdown in an attempt to prevent hospitals being overwhelmed.

Amid dire warnings that the National Health Service could fail to cope with soaring infection rates, the prime minister shut England’s schools and ordered people across the country to stay at home. U.K. Chancellor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak on Tuesday pledged new support to help companies and Johnson will give a news conference at 5 p.m. London time.