A pedestrian wearing a face mask stands under Christmas lights at Oxford Street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Health secretary Matt Hancock on Friday said that the NHS would be supported with whatever resources it would require for a successful Covid-19 vaccine roll-out programme.

“I’ve made clear to the NHS that whatever resources they need to get this right,” he told BBC radio, adding that -70 degree Celsius freezers needed to store Pfizer’s vaccine candidate were already in place.

“I’m absolutely confident that … the NHS will deliver this roll out.”

Infections levelling off: ONS

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 infections in England appears to have levelled off in recent weeks, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday.

The ONS said daily infections in England rose by an estimated 38,900 in the most recent week, to November 14, down from around 50,000 the week before.

“The incidence rate appears to have levelled off in recent weeks,” it said in a statement.

Overall prevalence of Covid-19 infections however rose to 1 in 80 people from 1 in 85 the previous week.

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