Optimism as 1,000 people vaccinated against Covid every minute on Saturday

Britain can vaccinate almost 1,000 people a minute and ministers say they are “confident” that more than 30 million of the most vulnerable will be vaccinated within three months.

The pace reached on Saturday morning gives Britain a theoretical capacity of more than a million doses a day but supplies remain the constraint on moving this fast. On Friday 494,163 people received a first dose.

The news came as Nadhim Zahawi, the minister in charge of vaccine deployment, said that passports allowing those who have been vaccinated extra rights would be “discriminatory”.

Nadhim Zahawi has dismissed the idea of a vaccine passport to allow free movement in the UK

Nadhim Zahawi has dismissed the idea of a vaccine passport to allow free movement in the UK

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He insisted that GPs would be responsible for administering them to permit travel after The Times revealed last week that ministers were working on a certification system if other countries require proof of