Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that more than 1.3 million people have been vaccinated across the UK, representing one of our most significant achievements - vaccinating more people than the rest of Europe combined.
We can be rightly proud of the UK’s world leading efforts to tackle this virus, as the first country in the world to approve both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines as well as being fourth in the world for vaccinations per capita, with more than 1.3 million people across the UK now vaccinated including 23 per cent of all those over 80 in England.
Our NHS has a clear delivery plan for the vaccine, and is committed to offering a vaccination to everyone in the top four priority groups by 15 February, in our efforts to save lives as fast as possible. To help meet this target, we already have 595 GP-led sites and 107 hospitals providing the vaccine, and will have nearly a thousand sites in place across the country by the end of this week. Next week, we will also deliver 7 vaccination centres in places such as sports stadia and exhibition centres as we roll out the biggest vaccination programme in our history.
Although there will still be many long weeks ahead that will require us to once again make huge sacrifices, thanks to the extraordinary work of our scientists, our NHS and the resolve of the British people, we now know the path to beating this virus and we are making vital progress.