Vaccine boss Nadhim Zahawi to give 5pm press conference today on jabs rollout
VACCINES Minister Nadhim Zahawi will lead a Covid press conference at 5pm today.
The Government is rallying remaining Brits to book their jabs to give Boris Johnson the best chance of ending lockdown on July 19.
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This evening’s briefing comes ahead of a crunch announcement on Monday when Boris Johnson will decide whether to unlock early on July 5.
The PM is poring over the latest data before making up his mind – but he is unlikely to cut short his roadmap and instead hold tight until July 19.
His decision to delay Freedom Day for four weeks was to keep the super-infectious Delta variant at bay while more Brits got jabbed.
The Government’s target is for all over-18s – who are now eligible to book an appointment – to have been offered a single dose before July 19.
In key Covid developments:
- A minister defended the expected decision to allow UEFA VIPs to skip quarantine
- Hopes rose that more countries will be added to the green list tomorrow
- Facemasks and social distancing is set to be scrapped on July 19
- Bullish experts said England could unlock early on July 5
Mr Zahawi – who is fronting his first press conference tonight – regularly bangs the drum for people to get the jab on the airwaves.
He has been especially vocal in urging ethnic minority communities to get vaccinated amid fears of a lower take-up rate.
A majority 60 per cent of adults have had their second dose, and a whopping 82 per cent have received their first.
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Ministers are now under pressure to tear up certain restrictions such as mandatory quarantine for the fully-vaccinated.
The PM and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have both confirmed they are looking at letting double-jabbed Brits skip quarantine.
It would come as a huge boost for holidaymakers longing for a post-pandemic getaway.
Culture minister John Whittingdale today raised hopes, telling Sky News: “People like to get away to the sun and there are a number of countries on the green list, and hopefully it will be possible to increase that number
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