More than 20 million people in Britain have been given their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, ministers have said.

Vaccinating more than a third of all adults “across every corner of the UK” against coronavirus was a “magnificent achievement for the country”, Matt Hancock, the health secretary said. “Every jab in the arm is another life soon to be protected from this awful disease and means we are a step closer to returning to our normal lives.

“Thank you to everyone in the NHS, government, local authorities and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to make this happen. I urge everyone eligible for the vaccine to come forward as soon as possible to protect yourself and those around you. We can only beat this

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