COVID-19: Self-isolating Boris Johnson says vaccine could be distributed “maybe before Christmas” | Political news

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Boris Johnson has declared himself “fit as a butcher’s dog” as he self-isolates, while raising the prospect of a COVID-19 vaccine being distributed “possibly before Christmas”.

the Prime Minister is currently self-isolating after meeting with a Conservative MP who then tested positive for coronavirus.

Mr Johnson’s need to quarantine comes in a critical week for post-Brexit trade talks, with an agreement yet to be reached between the UK and the EU before the end of the period of transition on December 31.

The Prime Minister had also hoped to use the next few weeks to make a series of announcements, including on coronaviruses, education, the economy and climate issues, which the number 10 said would be a clear signal of his ambitions in course for the country.

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Two of the Prime Minister’s relatives – Dominic Cummings (left) and Lee Cain – quit number 10 last week

It was seen as Mr Johnson’s attempt to ‘reset’ his post as Prime Minister, following the departure of two of his closest aides from Downing Street last week following a bitter power struggle internal.

His plans will now be disrupted by his self-isolation, although Number 10 stressed that the PM intends to continue speaking to the country.

In a video posted to his Twitter account on Monday, Mr Johnson said he had been ‘questioned’ by the NHS Test and Trace system.

He added: “It doesn’t matter that we all do social distancing, it doesn’t matter that I’m in good shape as a butcher’s dog, that I feel good – so many people do in my situation – and in fact it didn’t. not important. that I had the disease and that I’m overflowing with antibodies.

“We need to stop the spread of the disease and one of the ways we can do that now is to self-isolate for 14 days when you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. ”

The Prime Minister suggested his case proved NHS Test and Trace ‘works well’, despite criticism of the £ 12bn program.

He also said the UK now has ‘two gigantic boxing gloves with which to subdue our enemy’, amid the second wave of COVID-10 infections.

Mr Johnson described them as rapid mass tests for the disease and a vaccine “which I hope we can start distributing to those who really need it maybe before Christmas”.

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Lee Anderson (right) posted a photo of himself with the PM after their meeting on Thursday. Photo: Facebook / Lee Anderson

U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its vaccine partner BioNTech last week released initial results suggesting their jab was 90% effective in protecting people against COVID-19.

The government has asked the NHS, which will be backed by the military, to be ready for a vaccine deployment from early December.

Speaking to Kay Burley of Sky News, Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the deployment of a vaccine as a “huge administrative challenge”.

“Even if it happens as quickly as possible, the majority of people we expect to vaccinate in the new year even if we manage to make progress this year,” he said.

“We’re not there yet, we don’t have an approved vaccine yet. ”

But Mr Hancock said the expansion of mass testing “may help” make Christmas “as normal as possible.”

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Hancock: PM is “good and full of beans”

Tory backbench MP Lee Anderson has developed COVID-19 systems and tested positive for the disease after meeting Mr Johnson last Thursday, forcing the Prime Minister to self-isolate.

A photo of the couple at the meeting showed neither Mr. Anderson nor the Prime Minister wearing masks.

And Mr Hancock admitted he did not always wear a mask himself when he was at number 10 because “the COVID security guidelines for this building do not require it at all times,” adding: “Different workplaces have different rules depending on what is appropriate there. ”

The Health Secretary described Mr Johnson as “absolutely full of beans” and said there is no doubt the Prime Minister will be able to move the agenda forward and communicate with the public of the way it does it normally, but just differently because it will. be by videoconference and not face to face ”.

Other Conservative MPs present at Thursday’s meeting with the Prime Minister are now also isolating themselves.

The Prime Minister’s Twitter video was self-filmed without reporters being given an opportunity to ask questions.

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