The new coronavirus will not be circulating in Britain by August, the federal government’s departing vaccine taskforce chief Clive Dix informed the Daily Telegraph on Friday.
“Sometime in August, we can have no circulating virus within the UK”, Dix mentioned, including that he believed the vaccine booster programme might be pushed again to early 2022.
The authorities is taking a look at which Covid-19 vaccines would supply the most effective booster shot for weak individuals later this yr.
Dix informed the Telegraph that he expects everyone within the UK to have been vaccinated a minimum of as soon as by the tip of July, by which era “we’ll have in all probability protected the inhabitants from all of the variants which might be recognized.
“The UK has administered over 51 million vaccines and has been the second quickest nation to provide a primary dose to a minimum of half its grownup inhabitants.
British officers mentioned individuals underneath 40 needs to be provided an alternative choice to Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine the place potential as a result of a small threat of blood clots.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) mentioned the recommendation mirrored low ranges of coronavirus an infection in Britain and the provision of different vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.
Dix, who was appointed as interim chief of the task force in December, stepped down from his position final week.