Matt Hancock and Professor Chris Whitty spoke at the NHS Confed conference yesterday.
Mr Hancock revealed that anyone over 18 can reserve their COVID vaccines from today and claimed that four in five British adults have now been bitten.
“Because of the successful rollout of the vaccination, we can be sure that we are on the road to recovery, but we need everyone to come forward and get the vaccine,” he said at the event. .
But Professor Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, was more skeptical, predicting more spikes in cases during the year.
He said the Delta (Indian) variant “did not give us its last surprise and there will be several more in the next period”.
“In the medium term, I expect that we will get a new winter push, a late fall / winter push,” he warned.
“And that’s because we know that winter and fall promote respiratory viruses, so it would be very surprising if this highly transmissible respiratory virus is not also favored. “
Professor Whitty said there is currently a ‘new outbreak’ of the virus, adding: ‘I think the height of this outbreak is still uncertain and we will have to see how it plays out over the next few weeks.
“But it will definitely result in more hospitalizations and, unfortunately, it will undoubtedly result in more deaths. ”