UK hospitals struggling with spike in COVID-19 patients

President Joe Biden said he’s hopeful all who want a vaccine can get one by the spring, but Biden’s vaccine adviser said it could be fall before most can get a shot.
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As you heard Eva report there, the one encouraging note tonight, that cases are now started to come down after the Christmas holiday surge that we wit used. But authorities caution, of course, do not let our guard down, particularly with these variants. And overseas tonight, the uk, where that variant swept through and quickly, what they're now seeing first-hand. Here's our foreign correspondent Ian Pannell tonight. Reporter: Potentially more deadly uk variant playing out in British hospitals. Already stretched thin as they struggle to treat a seemingly endless tide of patients. Medics pleading for help as they face record numbers in wards, on icus and on ventilators. More than 3,500 patients admitted today alone. I feel like I want to cry in many moments. Reporter: Despite a lockdown and success rolling out the vaccine, the uk with one of the highest death rates in the world, now closing in on 100,000, and hospitals remain as busy as any time in this pandemic. Better treatment means more survivors, but the stress on staff and resources is relentless. Neurosurgeon Dolin bhagawati told me today that already exhausted hospital staff are working around the clock. They are exhausted, because they are working all the hours that god sends and it's still coming. It's an oncoming storm that doesn't seem to be abating. Reporter: For families and patients, the fight to beat covid is a long one. We've just bought ourselves a new, beautiful bungalow, which we're supposed to move into, and it's our dream. And I may not see it. Reporter: Ana urasachi's father has been in the icu since December 6th. We just prayed. We thanked god and we prayed again. He's a miracle. Reporter: Tony brown hasn't seen his wife Linda in seven weeks. I miss her. I really miss her. Reporter: What once was a brighter news is that the rate of vaccine injections here and in the U.S. Is growing, but concerns on both sides of the atlantic that supplies are going to struggle to keep up with demand. David? Ian Pannell from London tonight. Ian, thank you.

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