BORIS Johnson reported that the country’s largest vaccine program’s initial “huge effort” has now seen 1.3 million people vaccinated across the UK, including one in four of those over 80 south of the border.
In a press conference at No. 10, the prime minister said that every part of the U.K. The government is now working “flat out” to get the vaccines into people’s arms, including the NHS and the armed forces.
By mid-February, the aim is to vaccinate about 13 million of the most vulnerable individuals in society.
“We in government are now using every second of this lockdown to put that invisible shield of protection in the form of vaccination around the elderly and vulnerable and begin to end this crisis,” the prime minister said from a lectern with the slogan used during the first lockdown: “Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
The latest estimates have illustrated what Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of England, called a “really serious emergency.”
There have been a staggering 60,918 daily cases in the U.K. in the last 24 hours, suggesting more than 1 million individuals currently have the disease. The number of deaths per day was set at 830.
The press conference discovered that one in 900 individuals had the virus in England in November; now it is one in 50.
“if we don’t do all the things we all need to do now, if people don’t take the stay at home[message]seriously, the risk at this point, in the middle of winter with this new variant, is extraordinarily high.”if we don’t do all the things we all need to do now, if people don’t take the stay at home[message]seriously, the risk is extraordinarily high at this point, in the middle of winter with this new variant.
The doctor also emphasized the importance of vaccinating groups of persons in the proper order and following the guidelines of the Joint Vaccine and Immunization Committee.
“The reason is that this order means we will have the maximum impact on the disease because the people who are by far at the highest risk of dying will be vaccinated first,” he said.
“The reason this sequence means we’re going to have the maximum impact on the disease is because the people who are at by far the highest risk of dying are going to be vaccinated first, and that’s regardless of the pace at which we proceed. Neither will happen at the same pace.”
Prof. Whitty also pointed out that Covid-19 is not going to go away, like influenza, and while it can be regulated, it may still mean that next winter some restrictions will continue to be required.
Sir Keir Starmer, meanwhile, emphasized in a televised response to Johnson’s lockdown announcement on Monday that his party supported the new steps and would support them in the House of Commons vote today.
The Labour leader, however, made it clear that if MPs thought that he was struggling in his response to the Covid 19 crisis, the opposition would continue scrutinizing the prime minister.
“The British people have sacrificed so much, but thanks to the dedication and brilliance of our scientists, there is hope for a way out of this nightmare.”
“regain the spirit”recover the spirit”That means using this lockdown to establish a massive, immediate, round-the-clock vaccination program to deliver millions of doses a week to every village and town, high street and GP surgery by the end of the month.”That means using this lockdown to develop a massive, immediate, round-the-clock vaccination program to deliver millions of doses a week by the end of the month to every village and area, high street, and GP surgery.
This is now a battle between the virus and the vaccine,”This is now a race between the virus and the vaccine. And if we pull together as a nation, we can win.”and if we get together as a nation, we can win.