Coronavirus live news: Hundreds arrested in Belgium and Hungary protests; France Covid hospitalisations hit near nine-week high

Arrests in Brussels and Budapest in anti-lockdown protests; 27,613 Covid sufferers are being treated in hospitals in France; UK carried out 598,389 first dose vaccinations on Saturday

8.48pm GMT

In a video from No 10 filmed on Sunday (see earlier post), Boris Johnson assured a member of the public who raised concerns over whether she will get her follow-up shot of the Belgian-made Pfizer vaccine that “we’re very confident that we will be able to give you your second dose”

He said:

You will have seen all this stuff in the papers about our friends across the Channel and disputes with them,” the Prime Minister added. All I would say is whatever the toings and froings there, we’re very confident in our security of supply. We will continue to take steps to protect the UK’s security of supply and also to ensure that we ramp up our own manufacturing.

8.07pm GMT

Reuters reports:

France said on Sunday it had delivered more than 1.485 million Covid-19 shots in its vaccination programme so far, reporting just a few thousand more than 24 hours earlier.

France’s faltering vaccine rollout has been bogged down by bureaucracy and, more recently, supply shortages.

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Source: theguardian