UK to start vaccine jab rollout as south California locks down

London (AFP) – Britain geared up to become the first country to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Monday, as southern California locked down 20 million people to ease the burden on hospitals struggling with record cases. UK health officials warned the nation’s biggest-ever inoculation drive would be a “marathon” stretching well into next year. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has volunteered to have a jab live on television on “V-Day” to counter public doubts over the rapid approval. California’s lockdown will see most offices close and gatherings from different households banne…

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