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Besieged U.K. Hospitals Carry Warning for EU Lagging on Vaccines

  • U.K. has vaccinated almost as many people as rest of Europe
  • Biggest fear is new strain will saturate continent’s hospitals
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U.K. hospitals, swamped with Covid-19 patients even as the country pushes to vaccinate 200,000 people a day, hold a cautionary tale for the rest of Europe.

While the U.K. is way ahead on its vaccine rollout -- having inoculated almost as many people as the rest of Europe combined -- its hospitals are being pushed to their limits by a surge in cases from the new, faster-spreading strain of the disease. On the continent, meanwhile, health officials are worried that the mutation will spread out of the U.K. more rapidly than lagging vaccinations can keep up.