Just a few minutes ago in the UK we heard the news that the Oxford vaccine has been approved for use and will start to be used next week.
From the BBC website ( bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-5... )here's the summary
The UK approves the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and manufactured by AstraZeneca
It is considered a game-changer as it does not have to be stored at very low temperatures
The first immunisations of the jab will start on 4 January, says the UK's health secretary
It is the second jab to be deemed safe in the UK, following the Pfizer-BioNTech roll-out earlier in December
The news comes the day after the UK announced another 53,135 cases - a record daily figure
It comes as millions more people in England wait to hear if they will move into a higher tier of restrictions
A major incident is declared Essex in south-east England amid fears Covid cases could overwhelm its health services
The Health Minister is reported as saying "We’re going to be able to inject a lot of people with one dose very quickly and provide them with a reasonably good level of protection until they get the second dose two to three months later"
The new variant and the rapidly increasing numbers of cases has meant that, personally, I have felt more worried with this wave of the virus than back in the Spring. I nearly cried with relief when I heard this news, at last, hopefully a way out of this awful pandemic for everyone.