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Covid-19: Data on vaccination rollout and its effects are vital to gauge progress, say scientists

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n76 (Published 11 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n76

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  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

Scientists have called for more data on the rollout of covid-19 vaccinations in the UK to be released to show how it is working together with details of a long term strategy for ending the pandemic.

Members of Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Independent SAGE) have voiced concerns about an absence of a coherent policy to control the spread of covid-19 amid reliance on emergency lockdowns and promises that “vaccines are coming.”

Christina Pagel, professor of operational research at University College London, said that the vaccination programme should be accelerated, but knowing the numbers of people getting vaccinated was just one part of the picture. She said it was also vital to know their age, ethnicity, where they lived and how deprived those areas were, and who was turning down vaccination. …

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