Britain says 34.2 million people given first COVID vaccine dose

FILE PHOTO: COVID-19 vaccination at Newmarket Racecourse

LONDON (Reuters) - A total of more than 34.2 million in Britain have been given a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, government statistics showed on Friday, while a further 2,381 had contracted the disease, down slightly on the day before.

There were 15 new deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive test, compared to the 22 deaths recorded on Thursday.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Michael Holden)