“No Change” to Roadmap, Prime Minister Says

The Prime Minister has said there is “no change” to the next steps of the roadmap out of lockdown, despite the expected slowdown of the vaccine rollout next month. Sky News has the story.

Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Boris Johnson said: “Our progress along the road to freedom continues unchecked.

“We remain on track to reclaim the things we love, to see our families and friends again, to return to our local pubs, our gyms and sports facilities and of course our shops.”

Addressing the drop in supply next month, Mr Johnson said: “We’ve always said in a vaccination programme of this pace and scale some interruptions in supply are inevitable and it is true that in the short-term we’re receiving fewer vaccines than we had planned for a week ago.”

He added: “We will receive slightly fewer vaccines in April than in March, but that is still more than we received in February.”

In the press conference, Boris Johnson also addressed concerns about the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine causing blood clots, quoting the European Medicines Agency’s statement that the vaccine is “safe and effective” to use. He confirmed that he will be getting an AZ jab on Friday.

Given that those most vulnerable to Covid will have already had a jab by the time the rollout slows down next month, would it not be wise to quicken the pace of the Great Reopening, rather than just keep the existing timetable in place?

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