UK Locked Down Again

Rollout of New Vaccine

Faced with an escalating coronavirus crisis, the United Kingdom on Monday imposed a new lockdown and also became the first nation in the world to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, an antidote that experts hope will become a centerpiece in the global fight against the pandemic.

During an evening speech, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new lockdown in England, telling people to not leave their homes unless they must for essential reasons. The lockdown also includes the closing of schools and universities. Similar measures are being put into effect in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, he said.

Earlier in the day, Britons were heartened by the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, a significant milestone because it is considered a likely candidate for worldwide distribution. Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines already in use, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine does need to be stored at ultra-cold temperatures and that makes it easier and cheaper to distribute. The vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, a U.K.-based drugmaker.

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