Covid UK news LIVE – Coronavirus vaccine rollout to see 1,200 sites opened by next week as new drug ‘cuts deaths by 25%’

Boris Johnson says everyone will live within 10 miles of one of 1,200 vaccine sites next week, as the NHS acquired two new life saving drugs.

Critically ill Covid-19 patients fighting for their lives in ICU will be given new drugs that can “significantly” reduce the risk of death from the virus and cut time spent in hospital by up to 10 days. 

Mr Johnson hailed the “life-saving” drugs tocilizumab and sarilumab – usually used for arthritis – in yesterday’s Downing Street press conference. 

Boris confirmed everyone will be within 10 miles of a vaccination centre as he unveiled a new national booking service for people to get their jab.

More than 1,000 GP centres, 223 hospital sites and seven mass vaccination centres are due to open by next week, as part of efforts to hasten the rollout.

The news came after 1,162 new fatalities and 52,618 infections recorded between Wednesday and Thursday – while the NHS is currently at 50% higher capacity than it was during the peak of the first wave of coronavirus last summer.

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