UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he agreed with feedback by Well being Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday that vaccinations and new therapies may make Covid-19 “one other sickness we’ve got to reside with, like we do flu” by the tip of the 12 months.
“I do suppose that in due time [Covid-19] will turn into one thing that we merely reside with. Some individuals shall be extra weak than others — that is inevitable,” Johnson mentioned Saturday, replying to a reporter’s query.
Johnson additionally mentioned he was feeling “optimistic” forward of a deliberate announcement on February 22 of his street map for England to exit lockdown — however added that “we’ve got to be cautious.”
Requested in regards to the scheduled February 22 announcement, when particulars of how the lockdown shall be eased are anticipated to be outlined, Johnson replied that he’ll “be attempting to set out as a lot as I presumably can in as a lot element as I can, all the time understanding that we’ve got to be cautious of the sample of illness.”
The UK authorities is hoping to fulfill its goal of providing Covid-19 vaccinations to fifteen million individuals in essentially the most weak teams by Monday, February 15. Up to now 14 million individuals within the UK have had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
This is some context: There have been greater than 4 million confirmed instances of Covid-19 within the UK, in line with figures from Johns Hopkins College.
In March final 12 months, the UK authorities mentioned it was hopeful the nation may cap its coronavirus deaths at 20,000. However greater than 116,500 have died, in line with figures from JHU — and the nation has one of many highest number of confirmed deaths in the world, proportionate to inhabitants.