Gibraltar is reported to be well on the way to becoming the first nation in the world to vaccinate its entire adult population against coronavirus.
By press time 31,000 residents had completed their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine with over 23,000 having already received their second dose.
The territory which has a population of around 34,000 people, has had 4,263 confirmed coronavirus cases and 94 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Speaking in the national parliament last week, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, credited the British government for its support.
“We have felt the real support of the United Kingdom in the provision of PPE, testing and the sovereign guarantee for our COVID spending. But, perhaps, most importantly with the provision at no cost to Gibraltar of the vaccine in quantities that enables me to say today that Gibraltar will be the first nation to complete a whole nation vaccination programme,” he said.
Meanwhile, updating the UK House of Commons/Parliament, the British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “Throughout the crisis, we have provided Gibraltar with PPE, testing and a sovereign guarantee for their COVID spending. We have also provided Gibraltar with vaccines, as we have with all other British overseas territories.”
He also acknowledged the territory’s successful vaccination roll-out.
"Perhaps, most importantly with the provision at no cost to Gibraltar of the Covid vaccine in quantities that enables me to say that Gibraltar will be the first nation to complete a whole nation vaccination programme.”