The Prime Minister’s comments came following discussions with the new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid.
During a campaign visit to Johnstone’s Paints Limited in Batley, Mr Johnson said: “I had a good conversation yesterday, a long meeting with Sajid Javid, the new Secretary of Health.
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“While there are encouraging signs and the number of deaths remains low and the number of hospitalizations remains low, although both are increasing a bit, we are seeing an increase in cases.
“So we think it’s smart to stick with our plan to have a cautious but irreversible approach, to use the next three weeks or so to complete the deployment of this vaccine as much as possible – five million more shots.” that we can put in people’s arms on July 19.
“And then with each passing day, it is clearer to me and all of our science advisers that we will most likely be able on July 19 to say that this is really the end of the line and that we can come back to life as before COVID. to the extent possible. “
Mr Javid described lifting the coronavirus restrictions as soon as possible as his “top priority” and said there would be “no turning back” once they are over.
The former chancellor took a less cautious tone on lockdown restrictions when he took over from Matt Hancock, who stepped down on Saturday.
But Mr Javid stressed the need to be “careful” in making changes to ensure they are irreversible, before making a statement to MPs in parliament.
Mr Johnson added: ‘What I think we should do now is continue to take a cautious but irreversible approach and use the next three and a half weeks or so to make sure we get five million more vaccines in the next few days. people’s arms, build up that protective wall even higher, and then bring forward July 19 as the deadline where I think we can, really, get back to life pretty much before COVID. This is what we are working towards. “
The PM too faced with questions about his government’s “moral compass” after the Matt Hancock line.
He was asked what a minister must do to be sacked – Mr Hancock resigned on Saturday after being backed by Downing Street on Friday.
When asked if this undermines the message of being ‘all in the same boat’ Mr Johnson said: ‘It’s true, and that’s why when I saw the story on Friday, we had a new Secretary of State for Health on Saturday. “
However, when the case came to light, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson told reporters that Mr Johnson had accepted Mr Hancock’s apology and considered the case ‘closed’.