Covid: Number of patients on ventilators battling coronavirus tops 4,000 for first time | ITV News

Doctors’ calls to cut the gap between the first and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine are being resisted by officials at Public Health England.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that delaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab to 12 weeks after the first is not justified by the science.

However, PHE medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said it is essential to protect as many people as possible to prevent the virus getting “the upper hand”.

The rebuttal comes as the number of patients on mechanical ventilation in hospitals tops 4,000 for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

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