Coronavirus UK news – Doctors warn of ‘warzone’ hospitals as 10,000 volunteers drafted in to deliver Oxford jab

TEN thousand volunteers have been drafted in by the NHS to deliver the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, it was reported.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists will staff the centres with the aim to open the first of them next week as the government vowed to “throw the kitchen sink” at getting Brits the jab.

Meanwhile, doctors have described their hospitals as “warzones” in danger of being “overwhelmed” with coronavirus patients as admissions look set to pass their April peak.

New figures show the number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 is just less than 400 short of the peak figure recorded in spring – before numbers started to fall.

It comes as two million Brits could receive their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine within a fortnight, with doses of the jab available from January 4.

Huge efforts to develop a home-grown Covid-19 vaccine have “paid off” — with the new Oxford jab expected to get approval as early as Monday.

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