British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that all adults in the country will receive at least a first dose of the vaccines against coronavirus before the end of July, at the same time that it encourages a « cautious » reopening after the third quarantine dictated to contain the pandemic.
« We set out to offer a vaccine to all adults by the end of July, which will help us protect the most vulnerable sooner, and we will take more steps to ease some of the restrictions in place, « said Johnson. in a statement published last night and reproduced by the DPA news agency.
The prime minister’s announcement is a two-month ahead of his original vaccination goal of late September.
The UK was not only one of the first Western countries to start dosing, but it made time and dose more flexible to reach as many people as possible in the shortest time possible.
So far it is estimated that more than 17.5 million people have already been vaccinated with the first dose, most of them over 70 years of age and health personnel, a significant figure in a country with less than 67 million inhabitants.
Furthermore, about 615,148 were also inoculated with the second.
With the acceleration of the vaccination schedule, the British Government hopes to be able to start vaccinating the over 50s and people with previous illnesses in mid-April.
This, he assured, will allow him to continue advancing on a « route out of the blockade » imposed by the new quarantine and to be able to do so in a « cautious and staggered » manner.
The Prime Minister will announce a roadmap to the British Parliament tomorrow Monday with this gradual exit from quarantine and it is expected that among the priorities is the reopening of schools from March 8 next.
The United Kingdom, which has been in lockdown since the beginning of January, rreported a decrease in coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours with 9,834, compared to 10,406 yesterday and a day after exceeding 120,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Specifically, since the appearance of the disease in December 2019, the totals today exceeded 4.1 million infected people and marked 120,580 fatalities.