A spokesperson for Boris Johnson said the UK had “strong measures” at the border when asked about the matter.
It comes after Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, who prompted the UK’s decision to go into lockdown last March, warned that a “significant fraction” of European cases were likely to be the South African variant, which one fears the Oxford / AstraZeneca. the vaccine may be less effective against.
Asked about Professor Ferguson’s remarks, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “What I would say about these specific comments, we already have strong measures in place at the border, as you know.
“It is currently illegal to go on vacation and anyone arriving in England must self-isolate, pass two mandatory PCR tests on the second and eighth day of their 10-day isolation period, and test negative before travel. also.
“Modeling shows that a combination of specific policy options such as pre-departure testing and isolation are effective measures to mitigate the risk to public health.”
Pressed to know if certain EU countries could be placed on the “red list”, that is to say a passage in quarantine in a hotel on arrival in England, the spokesperson for the n ° 10 has replied: “I would like to remind you of the wide variety of strong measures that we have in place at the border.
“We have them in place and we believe they are strong and robust measures.”
France is one of a host of European countries to have announced they would resume use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after the continent’s regulator concluded it was “safe and effective”.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country would start vaccinating people again with the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine from today, while Italy planned to start on the same day.
Germany also announced it would revert to administering the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, following the European Medicines Agency (EMA) statement.
Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands have said they will follow suit next week, although Spain has said it may exclude certain groups.
And Downing Street also said the UK government was in “constant contact” with vaccine suppliers following the delay of a shipment from India.
Reports suggest ministers are in secret talks with India in a bid to release the doses to avoid a drop in supply next month.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “I would say that we are in constant contact with all manufacturers to understand and deal with potential variations in supply.
“I would like to reiterate the point regarding the Prime Minister’s words where it was made very clear that the Indian government has not stopped any vaccine exports and that any delay … is very common in vaccine deployment programs.”