Boris Johnson ‘confident’ that vaccine will work against variants
Boris Johnson has given an indication of when lockdown restrictions could be in sight – with the UK on track to meet its vaccination target. The UK is expected to meet its target to vaccinate 15 million most vulnerable Britons by next Monday. Mr Johnson’s spokesperson also said the next 17 million people will be jabbed by the end of April.
Over 12 million people across the UK have received their first dose of the coronavirus jab.
The UK had aimed to give first jabs to around 15 million people by February 15.
Downing Street has previously said everyone in the UK aged 50 and over should have been offered a coronavirus vaccine by May.
And on Monday the Prime Minister gave a further boost, saying he was confident that both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines helped prevent death and grave illness, and that medicine was slowly gaining the upper hand over coronavirus.
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It comes as the Prime Minister was quizzed over the effectiveness of the jabs against different strains of the virus.
“We think that both the vaccines that we’re currently using are effective in, as I say, in stopping serious disease and death,” Johnson told reporters.
“We also think in particular in the case of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine that there’s good evidence that it is stopping transmission, as well, I think 67 percent reduction in transmission.”
“They remain a massive benefit to our country and the population,” he said when asked about AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
“I’ve no doubt that vaccines generally are going to offer a way out.
“And with every day that goes by, you can see that medicine is slowly getting the upper hand over the disease.”
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