UK to lift lockdown by February after 15 million vaccination
London, Dec. 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Britain could be free of lockdowns and strict coronavirus restrictions by the end of February, while the Oxford vaccine is reportedly set for approval ‘within days’.
Some 12 to 15 million people who are most at risk of dying from the virus have also been identified for vaccination by then The Mail reports.
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency could sign off on the Oxford jab by New Year’s Eve, with people given the vaccine as early as January 4, The Sun reports.
The approval would be a welcome development as the Oxford jab is easier to administer and can be stored in a regular fridge, as opposed to the -70C temperatures required for the Pfizer vaccine.
Government sources said that once these vulnerable Brits have had their jabs, the NHS will no longer be at risk of being overwhelmed.
This could eliminate the main argument for lockdowns and tight restrictions.
The UK has an advance order for 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine on top of an existing 40 million Pfizer jabs, which are currently being rolled out across the country.
Ministers plan to carry out two million doses within two weeks of approval, using sports stadiums and conference centres as mass vaccination hubs. On Christmas Eve, the Government said over 600,000 people had received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.