The United Kingdom to speed up the Coronavirus vaccination program To combat a sudden spike in Indian species cases after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the new strain could derail his plan to end the lockdown..
Speaking in London The Prime Minister announced that the gap between the first and second doses will be reduced to eight weeks from 12 noon for those over the age of fifty and the clinically weak.
Anyone over the age of 40 and not yet ready to get a vaccine will also have priority.
While planning to let Johnson said people who mix at home and travel abroad will continue from Monday, and there is a real risk that the final phase to end pandemic restrictions will be delayed on June 21.
“I must agree with you that this new form may represent a serious disruption of our progress,” The Prime Minister said at a press conference in London.
“The race between our vaccination program and the virus may be about to get tighter.”
This bleak assessment is a heartbreaking moment for the United Kingdom, which was receiving a lot of optimistic news about the successful launch of its vaccine, and now two-thirds of adults have received at least one dose.
The announcement is also a political headache for the Prime Minister, In any measure, he faces opposition from members of Parliament from his party to delay opening the economy.
Johnson defended his approach to lifting restrictions, calling it “cautious”, arguing that he would seek to make every step “irreversible.” So that the imposed confinement becomes the beginning of the country’s last year.
last week, The number of confirmed infections with the Indian breed more than doubled from 520 to 1,313, according to Public Health England (PHE), particularly in the northwestern cities of Bolton, Blackburn and Darwin..
Although there is no evidence that the Indian variant can avoid vaccines, there are indications that it spreads more easily than the Kent mutation that spread in the UK earlier in the year, leading to the third national lockdown.
Advisors And they warn that they expect the Indian breed to eventually become dominant in the United Kingdom.
There is a “realistic chance” that the new variant will be 50% more transmissible than the current dominant strain of coronavirus, according to a document released Friday by government scientific advisers.