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The UK is delaying second vaccine shots and it’s proving controversial. Here’s what we know so far

  • The U.K.'s decision to delay giving people the second dose of a coronavirus vaccine is proving controversial.
  • Experts, advisors and the vaccine producers have all weighed in on the strategy.
  • The government has defended the strategy.

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Medical personnel is given the Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 corona virus vaccine at the Favoriten Clinic in Vienna, Austria, on December 27, 2020 on the occasion of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 corona virus vaccine rollout.Georg Hochmuth | AFP | Getty Images

The U.K.'s decision to delay giving people the second dose of a coronavirus vaccine is proving controversial, with experts, advisors and the vaccine producers all weighing in on the strategy.

Britain was among the first countries in the world to kick off a mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, after approving the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech at the start of December. On Monday this week, it started rolling out the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca's vaccine, having approved it for use just ahead of the new year.

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