Matt Hancock has told how he hopes a coronavirus vaccine will be ready to go early next year. The Health Secretary also hinted that some lockdown restrictions could be eased to allow families to reunite for Christmas. He insisted that an end to the crisis is in sight and that Britain will soon be able to move forward and ‘prosper’.
A vaccine could be available in 2021, like the MMR jab
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Speaking to the Daily Express as the Conservative party’s virtual conference, he said a vaccine is “on the horizon”. Mr Hancock said the military as well as the NHS will be involved in distributing medication. The UK has bought up six vaccines but trials in Oxford and widely credited as being the most advanced. “Most likely the roll out will be in the first part of next year, but none of this is certain,” he said.
“We know how important it is for people to get vaccinated and we know we have got six irons in the fire.” A further 28 people who tested positive for coronavirus died in hospital in England between October 1 and October 3, according to the latest official figures. Mr Hancock said spring next year could mark a turning point in the battle against the virus. “I hope that 2021 is the year of renewal,” he added. The Cabinet minister said there is an end in sight and insisted the government will “not be blown off course” on delivering on its election promises.
“We will get through Covid and we will prosper and we will deliver on the agenda we were elected on,” he added. Concerns have been raised about the impact of coronavirus rules on Christmas celebrations, particularly the impact of the rule of six on gatherings. Mr Hancock warned the country faces a difficult few months after the rise in cases. But he suggested there could be changes made to allow festivities to take place. “We want Christmas to be as normal as possible,” he said.
“I know that people are starting to plan for Christmas now and I know how difficult the uncertainty is but we are doing everything we can to make Christmas as normal as possible for people. “I understand the yearning people have, especially after a year like this, to see their family at Christmas and have the warmth of being surrounded by their loved ones.” It came as Boris…
Sam Lister, Daily Express Deputy Political Editor
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