Lockdown in UK: Senior expert advises two more months of closures as nation not ready to reopen | Politics

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Lockdown in UK: Senior expert advises two more months of closures as nation not ready to reopen | Politics


Plans to ease lockdown measures on June 21 with the fourth stage of the government’s coronavirus roadmap have been questioned. Professor Christina Pagel has warned the UK ‘will have to wait a few more months to fully unlock’ as a host of new virus variants emerge and spread, threatening to destroy the successful UK vaccination rollout. United. The health expert told BBC radio that planned easing should be postponed by several months to allow time for more people to be fully immunized.

Professor Pagel told Radio 4’s Today show: “At least we’re getting some hard evidence that it’s not as risky as it sounds because we’ve kind of crossed our fingers.
“SAGE and Public Health England both say it’s a more transmissible variant, we know it has some level of vaccine leakage.

“So we are in a situation where, compared to two months ago, we now have a dominant variant that both spreads faster and the vaccines are less effective against, especially after a dose and although we have really really was able to cover one dose, we don’t really have really good coverage in two doses.

“I think the fourth test is that there is a new variant of concern that changes the risk profile is not being met. “

“What worries me even more is that we haven’t really changed our border policy. There is therefore a new variant under investigation since yesterday which came from travelers from Thailand who came from Egypt.
“None of these countries are on the red list, we now have 100 cases and also have disturbing mutations, new variants are appearing everywhere and this summer we must protect our vaccination program. “

Host Mishal Husain acknowledged the new variants posed a risk, but questioned the “demoralizing” impact on people and businesses of remaining under lockdown.

“I think what’s demoralizing is having a third wave,” replied Professor Pagel.

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