UK will be Covid-free this summer, says vaccine chief – fr

UK will be Covid-free this summer, says vaccine chief – fr

Covid-19 will no longer be circulating in the UK by the end of the summer, according to the outgoing head of the country’s vaccine task force.
Clive Dix predicted this would be the case “sometime in August,” in an interview with The telegraph.

Mr Dix, who became acting head of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) last December, said he expected all adults to have been vaccinated at least once every day. here the end of July.

By then, “we will probably have protected the population from all known variants,” he said.

Mr Dix, who stepped down from his role at JCVI last week, added: “We will be safe in the winter to come.”

More than 50 million doses of a Covid vaccine have been distributed in the UK, of which around 16.7 million are second doses, according to government figures.

Earlier this week, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said scientists were considering a range of options for a fall booster vaccination campaign to protect against a third wave of coronavirus. This could include new jabs to protect against the variants or to mix up the types of injections given.

But Mr. Dix said The telegraph he felt it could be pushed back into the new year.

“We can decide that we need to strengthen the immune response, and we have the vaccine to do it. Whether we need it or not, I probably think not, but we could still do it just in case, ”he said.

“I really don’t think it should be fall. We should think about increasing the volume in January or February, because the immune response will be strong.

His predictions for the summer come as British countries prepare to further ease lockdown restrictions in mid-May, including allowing pubs and restaurants to serve indoors and socialize at home.

In England, international travel is set to resume from May 17, as countries on the travel “green list” – those that do not require quarantine on return – were announced earlier this week.

JCVI member Professor Adam Finn warned last month that easing restrictions would likely result in a “summer surge” in the Covid cases.

Last weekend, Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, who advises the government, said his team still had concerns about late summer and early fall, although these “decrease”.

He said: “If we see another wave of transmission, this is where it would happen, but the vaccine data is increasingly encouraging, especially the new data released a little more ago. of a week on the fact that vaccines, even if you are infected if you have been vaccinated, you are less contagious. ”

Additional reports by agencies


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