(Adds vaccination history in the UK)
May 4 (Reuters) – Everyone over the age of 50 in the UK will receive a third vaccination against COVID-19 in the autumn in an attempt to completely eliminate the threat of infection by Christmas, the Times reported.
Tests are underway on two options, controlled by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer of England, the newspaper writes.
The first includes vaccines specifically modified to deal with new variants. The second is for the third shot of one of the three already used versions: Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca or Moderna, the newspaper reported.
A total of more than 34.6 million people in the UK have received the first dose of the COVID-1
The UK, which has a population of 67 million, has deals in more than 510 million doses of eight different COVID-19 vaccines, some of which remain under development.
Britain will buy another 60 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, Health Minister Matt Hancock said last week in a deal that more than doubled the country’s supply before a shot later this year.
The UK has now ordered a total of 100 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, with one of the three shots of COVID-19 spreading across the country.
(Report by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)