London / 20.02.2021 23:00:04
Close to meeting the target of vaccinating 15 million Britons by mid-February, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, set out a roadmap to facilitate England’s third national lockdown this Monday, with a view to applying a first anticovid dose to adults by the end of June.
Before that, Great Britain plans to apply a first dose to everyone over 50 years before April 15, according to the government, having previously indicated that it wanted them to receive the injection in May.
If all adults get a dose by the end of July, the British government will be way ahead of its previous forecast that this group would receive a vaccine in the fall.
After suffering the fifth-worst official death toll from coronavirus and a series of setbacks in its response to the pandemic, the Boris Johnson government acted faster than much of the West to secure vaccine supplies, giving it an advantage. .
Johnson cautioned against complacency, and added that the blockade would only be lifted gradually.
« Now we will try to offer a dose to all adults by the end of July, helping the most vulnerable before, and we will take further steps to ease some of the restrictions in place, « Johnson said in a statement.
« But there should be no question: the route out of the confinement will be cautious and staggeredas we all continue to protect ourselves and those around us. «
So far, the UK has given a first dose of vaccine to 17.2 million people, more than a quarter of its 67 million inhabitants, and it is only behind Israel and the United Arab Emirates in vaccines per capita.
Vaccines from two pharmaceutical companies are being launched: one, made by Pfizer and BioNTech, and another developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca.
UK officials reported that there may be a 12-week gap between doses.