Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip, both in their nineties, received vaccinations against COVID-19, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have received COVID-19 vaccination today,” Mahal said in a statement. The Queen is 94 years old and Philip is 99 years old, having been placed in the priority category in the UK’s Coronavirus vaccine rollout.
A royal source said the vaccines were administered by a domestic doctor at the Queen’s Windsor Castle residence, noting that he had made the news public to counter any speculation.
With a highly variable new version of the virus across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shut down the economy and is trying to get vaccines to stop the spread of the epidemic.
The government plans to vaccinate the elderly, vulnerable and frontline workers – about 15 million people – by mid-February, to ease a new strict lockdown imposed after the spike in daily record cases.
The UK has the world’s fifth-largest official death toll at around 80,000 from COVID-19, and the reported 1,325 deaths within 28 days of positive testing on Friday surpassed the previous daily record toll since last April.
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