Live: Health Secretary Matt Hancock takes COVID-19 questions in Parliament

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Hancock has said the UK is administering 200,000 jabs per day, so close to 2.5 million should now theoretically have had the first dose.

A government official cautions that the data will likely be “lumpy” over the first few days and argues people should judge the rollout over several days this week, rather than just one 24 hour period.

The COVID-19 Research Group MPs have given the government a relatively generous target of March 8 to lift the strictest restrictions: “If we hit the crucial February 15 deadline, the four top-risk groups will have immunity by March 8 — three weeks after the last jab.

At that point — once all the key groups have become immune to COVID — what possible reason could there be for keeping severe restrictions in place a second longer?”

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