Britain's COVID-19 vaccine program will operate around the clock, seven days a week in the near future, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday to accelerate the country's efforts to inoculate the British people against the virus.
"I can tell him that we will be going to 24/7 (vaccination centres being open) as soon as we can. And my right honorable friend the health secretary (Matt Hancock) will be setting out more about that in in due course."
Johnson explained that the limit is on the supply of vaccines, and emphasized that the country has a huge network of hospitals, pharmacies and mass vaccination centers.
The UK is set to receive two million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine a week by mid-February.
Israel, which has already inoculated over 20 percent of its population, released initial data that shows Pfizer's vaccine curbs infections by some 50 percent, some 14 days after the first of the two shots is administered.
Its health ministry explained that the data is preliminary, adding that people still need to protect themselves after receiving the first shot.
The Vatican, the world's smallest state, also kicked off its vaccination program on Wednesday, with the first doses going to healthcare providers and the elderly.
It's not yet clear whether Pope Francis was among the first to be inoculated, but he said in an earlier televised interview that he would get the vaccine this week.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.