Matt Hancock cautioned that the UK is facing “some very difficult weeks ahead,” To help tackle the surge in Covid 19 infection rates, the nation is in a race against time to deliver mass vaccinations.
In the U.K. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was dubbed the “saving grace” of the United Kingdom and a “vital step” in the war against the coronavirus, which has now killed more than 75,000 people.
If infection rates continue at their current rate of 50,000 a day or more, fears are that by February the death toll could increase to 100,000.
Boris Johnson also recognized that “tough, tough” weeks lay ahead and made clear that tougher steps were on the way south of the border, which “of course.” will be revealed. He insisted that vaccinations will be “massive increase”
He explained, “The limiting factor now is not the supply of vaccines, although we want it to go faster, but getting them tested properly and getting them to the NHS. It’s not the ability to distribute the vaccine, it’s not the lack of staff. It’s getting it tested properly. That’s going to accelerate in the coming weeks.”
Since Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old maintenance manager from Oxford, became the first person in the world to receive the homemade vaccine, 500,000 doses were projected to be collected by hospitals and GP practices around the UK today. By next week, that number is projected to grow to 1 million a week, with a target of 2 million a week by the end of the month.
Across the U.K., around 1,000 vaccination centers By Saturday, they should be up and going.
The Department of Defense called the deployment of thousands of military forces the “largest domestic operation in peacetime,” involving thousands of soldiers.
Hancock emphasized the need for personal responsibility in the fight against the virus and cautioned that the nation faces “some very difficult weeks ahead.” Almost 25,000 individuals are currently being treated for the effects of Covid-19 in English hospitals, 32 percent more than at its height in April.
The First Minister south of the border is contemplating a third national lockdown as he faces demands from teachers’ unions to close all schools in England as Nicola Sturgeon prepared for an emergency meeting of her Cabinet before the First Minister made a speech in a recalled Scottish Parliament.
The GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, Unison and Unite unions said in a joint statement that there is a “serious risk” that workers will fall ill because infection rates are so high.
“The government’s chaotic handling of the opening of schools has caused confusion among teachers, school staff and parents alike,” he said.
“Getting all students back into classrooms while infection rates are so high puts education workers at serious risk of illness and could fuel the pandemic.”
Kate Green, the shadow education secretary, said there needs to be a “stronger set” of coronavirus controls for the Labour Party, with a simple message to the public of “stay at home”
Faced with mounting political pressure, Sir Keir Starmer is urging Johnson not to dither further. In order to get the virus back under control, a Tory backbencher insisted he would do “something big”
“The prime minister acknowledged that “tough, tough” weeks lie ahead during a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London to meet some of the first individuals to receive the Oxford vaccine.
“When you look at the numbers, there is no question that we will have to take tougher action, and we will announce that in due course,” he said.
“In some of the Tier 3 areas [in England], cases continue to rise sharply, so clearly, as the Prime Minister said, more action is needed,” Mr. Hancock told the BBC.
The way we all behave depends on it. If the rollout is a national effort, so until the vaccine rollout works, there is a national effort to protect people,” he said.
The new version of the disease spreads much more quickly from person to person than the old variant. That implies that if we do, we all have to behave as if we have the virus to stop it from spreading to others; that’s the only way we can contain it.’
He added, “Yes, it’s about government rules and, absolutely, unfortunately, we’re willing to enforce tougher rules if they’re advised to d ‘”