Covid-19: United Kingdom virus variant likely to be more deadly, scientists say

  • Covid-19: United Kingdom virus variant likely to be more deadly, scientists say

Covid-19: United Kingdom virus variant likely to be more deadly, scientists say

After becoming the first in the world to approve a vaccine, the British government set an ambitious target to reach care home residents and staff, frontline health and care workers, all those aged 70 or over and the clinically extremely vulnerable. "If we possibly can, we'll be setting out dates".

"I think people would much rather see a plan that was cautious but irreversible and one that proceeds sensibly in accordance with where we are with the disease". He has said he wants schools to reopen on March 8. "Everybody wants to get out of this as quickly as we safely can, and both as quickly, but also as safely, are important".

Mr Johnson also ruled out introducing so-called vaccine passports for activities like going to the pub, though he acknowledged some countries may require proof of a vaccine before tourists are allowed to enter.

The biggest and swiftest global vaccine rollout in history is seen as the best chance of exiting the Covid-19 pandemic which has killed 2.4 million people, tipped the global economy into its worst peacetime slump since the Great Depression and upended normal life for billions.

"We've got to watch the data", Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News.

He told ITV News "the vaccine is the route out of this pandemic", adding: "The PM will set out the timing of the roadmap and the sorts of decisions we're able to make to release lockdown, we'll set that next Monday".

More than 60 MPs in the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) have written to Mr Johnson, insisting he commit to a firm timetable for ending controls but Mr Raab on Sunday said it was essential to ensure the disease was first under control.

But it does underscore how - even with efforts to fast-track fighting the virus - scientific data takes time to gather and access, despite the pressing need for information.

United Kingdom government scientific advisers said that the COVID-19 variant now predominant in Israel may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous variants, underscoring concerns about how mutations may change the characteristics of the disease.

"But of course that poses slightly more of a risk than just, for instance, reopening primary schools".