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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle in England, December 24, 2020. — Reuters pic
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle in England, December 24, 2020. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Jan 9 — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip, both in their nineties, have received vaccinations against Covid-19, Buckingham Palace said today.

“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations,” the palace said in a statement. The Queen is 94 years old and Philip is 99, putting them in the priority category in Britain’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.

A royal source said the vaccines were administered by a household doctor at the queen’s Windsor Castle residence, adding that she made the news public to counter any speculation.

With a highly transmissible new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shuttered the economy and is rushing out vaccines in a bid to stem the spread of the pandemic.

The government plans to vaccinate the elderly, the vulnerable and frontline workers – around 15 million people – by mid-February, to ease a new strict lockdown imposed after a spike in cases to daily records.

Britain has the world’s fifth-highest official death toll from Covid-19 at nearly 80,000, and the 1,325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test yesterday surpassed the previous daily record toll from last April. — Reuters


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