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One million Covid jabs a day needed to save British summer and see off Indian variant

One million Brits could be jabbed a day in a bid to beat the Indian variant which threatens the end of Covid-19 restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said that the UK was working towards June 21 as the day when all social distancing rules would come to an end.

He maintained that he would always be driven by ‘data not dates’ when it came to making the decision.

But as more cases of the Indian variant begin to emerge in hotspots throughout Britain, the Government now want to step up the vaccine programme.

Ministers have told MPs they “safely” expect to increase daily doses from 500,000 to 800,000 – and this will be rolled out within the next two weeks, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

During the summer, it’s hoped that number could be increased further, with one million Brits being jabbed every single day.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A sign outside Bolton Market directs people to the COVID-19 testig centre on September 17, 2020 in Bolton, England. Fears about rising infection rates among younger people across the Uk has forced the government into tighter lockdown restrictions, particularly in the North of England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
There are fears the new variant could warrant local lockdowns

Britain has also announced second doses of vaccines will be accelerated for the over-50s and the clinically vulnerable across the country.

Instead they will be given their second jab eight weeks after the first dose instead of the current 12 weeks.

The race to beat the Indian variant comes after it emerged most of the patients hospitalised with the virus in Bolton, which has the highest rates of the Indian variant in the country, are eligible for the jab but have not had it.

India was put on the travel red list on April 23 – despite reports of a fast-spreading strain and neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh being added on April 9.

It has been claimed the PM dithered over adding India to the list in April.

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People in Bolton queued in the rain yesterday to get themselves vaccinated

Some 122 cases of the variant entered the UK from India before it was added to the hotel quarantine list – requiring a ten-day isolation.

Huge queues formed outside pop-up jab centres in the Greater Manchester town yesterday with anyone eligible to receive a dose urged to do so.

It comes amid fears Bolton will be placed under a local lockdown after suffering a cluster of Indian variant (B.1.617.2) infections.

Meanwhile, Scottish National Party health spokesperson Dr Philippa Whitford warned you ‘cannot out-vaccinate the variant’ due to the time taken to build immunity once someone gets the jab.

But the spread of the Indian variant isn’t expected to derail the roadmap out of lockdown just yet.

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said yesterday: “The crucial road map date for theatres, music venues and sports has always been step 4.

“So I understand this is an anxious time as we assess the situation over the next couple of weeks.

“We continue to make good progress with the vaccine rollout and with testing the safe return of audiences through the Events Research Programme, but must accept we enter a period of heightened vigilance with the new fast-moving variant.

“We will keep engaging with, and updating, organisations to allow everyone to plan their full reopening.”



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