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World U.K. Meets Key Vaccine Target, Opening Path to Lifting Lockdown

02:35  14 february  2021
02:35  14 february  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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But hitting the crucial vaccine target also opens up new risks for the government. The vaccination program now offers a route out of the U . K .’s third lockdown , which has shuttered businesses and closed schools to most, compounding the damage of the worst economic slump in more than 300 years. There are potential challenges ahead for managing the pandemic, too. Mutations of the virus, some of which show signs of resistance to the vaccines , are emerging and threaten the government’s path out of lockdown . In response, Johnson has announced tougher border measures with a decade

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg. prognosis. U . K . Meets Key Vaccination Milestone, Secures More Supplies. The U . K . aims to offer vaccines to about 15 million people in its top four priority groups by Feb. 15. That includes care home residents, people over 70, frontline health care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable. So far, a total of 8,977,32 people have received their first dose, with a record number of almost 600,000 people being jabbed on Saturday alone, government data show.

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A visitor is vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at the Royal Health & Wellbeing Centre in Oldham, U.K., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Boris Johnson's government is pinning its hopes on a mass vaccination program to reduce hospitalizations and ultimately deaths, and aims to slowly lift restrictions from March to allow the economy to re-open. © Bloomberg A visitor is vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at the Royal Health & Wellbeing Centre in Oldham, U.K., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Boris Johnson's government is pinning its hopes on a mass vaccination program to reduce hospitalizations and ultimately deaths, and aims to slowly lift restrictions from March to allow the economy to re-open.

The U.K. has passed its target to vaccinate almost 15 million of its most vulnerable citizens against coronavirus, cementing a record of delivering one of the most successful immunization programs in the world.

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The vaccine trajectory means the country won’t need to tighten lockdown measures, Orban said. Switzerland Targets Vaccinations of High-Risk Groups by End of April, Newspaper Says (2:47 p.m. HK). Australia’s Victoria state will enter a snap five-day lockdown from midnight after an outbreak of the virulent U . K . strain of the coronavirus from a quarantine hotel spread. Residents must stay home except for essential shopping, care, exercise and work. Supermarkets will remain open but other retailers, gyms and entertainment venues will close.

The figures provide a boost for Boris Johnson as the prime minister prepares to unveil a road map out of lockdown on Feb 22, after the most vulnerable people in the country have been vaccinated . He has said some schools could reopen from March 8, followed by the lifting of other restrictions over time. The U . K . reported 15,144 cases of coronavirus in the U . K . on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 4,013,799 -- the highest number in Europe. More than 14 million people in the U . K . have now had their first dose of a vaccine . That puts the government on course to meet its target to

According to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker, the U.K. administered 15.1 million doses as of Saturday. Almost 22% of the population has been given one dose, with less than 1% getting two shots.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the target at the start of the year with the aim of immunizing everyone over the age of 70, along with people who live or work in care homes, health service workers and those who are most vulnerable to Covid-19. These groups are estimated to account for about 88% of deaths from the disease in the U.K.

For Johnson, whose government has been slammed for its handling of the pandemic that has claimed more than 117,000 lives, the achievement is a welcome political boost. But hitting the crucial vaccine target also opens up new risks for the government.

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Human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine begin at Oxford University today, after receiving £20 million ( million) in government funding. Scientists across the world are racing to develop treatment for coronavirus, with experts at Oxford suggesting that an experimental vaccine could be ready as early as September. But the government, which maintains it has been following scientific advice, has come under fire for not ordering a lockdown sooner, as well as for its slow testing strategy, particularly for frontline workers.

Coronavirus lockdowns across the globe should not be completely lifted until a vaccine for the disease is found, according to a study based on China's outbreak published in medical journal The Lancet.

The vaccination program now offers a route out of the U.K.’s third lockdown, which has shuttered businesses and closed schools to most, compounding the damage of the worst economic slump in more than 300 years. Scientists also expect it to slow infections and limit the death toll, already the highest in Europe and the fifth-highest in the world.

WHO Endorsement

Britain was the first western country to start rolling out vaccines and the first to extend the delay between first and second doses to 12 weeks in an effort to give as many people as possible at least some protection from the virus. The approach provoked skepticism initially but has since been endorsed by the World Health Organization.

But while the U.K.’s pioneering approach to vaccinations has given it a lead over nearly every other country in the world, passing the crucial milestone is likely to fuel demands to lift the lockdown and fire up the economy.

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Kelin said Russian officials had discovered “several cyber attacks” originating from the U . K . during the country’s recent constitutional referendum, which paved the way for President Vladimir Putin, to remain in power to 2036. He said Russia isn’t “accusing the United Kingdom as a state,” but declined to give further details. Raab said he would make a statement to Parliament on Monday on whether to suspend the extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing imposed a national security law on the former British province. The U . K . has already offered a path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens.

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Senior members of Johnson’s own Conservative government have been calling on him to move faster to ease restrictions and avert a wave of unemployment. Yet with infection levels still the highest in Europe, Johnson and his scientific advisers have explained they will need to stay cautious, with curbs remaining in place potentially for months to come.

Over the next week, the government will review the lockdown restrictions in the context of the infection and case rates, and the vaccination program. Then, on Feb. 22 the prime minister is due to announce his “road map” to unlock the country gradually over the months ahead.

On a visit Saturday to a vaccine manufacturing plant in Teesside in northeastern England, Johnson said he’s “optimistic” he’ll be able to detail plans for a “cautious” easing of restrictions this month.

Schools, Pubs

If all goes well, schools will be the first to reopen, potentially on March 8. The Sunday Telegraph reported that individuals in England will be allowed to meet a friend for a coffee on a park bench from that day, a possible signal that pubs may be able to reopen with outdoor dining in time for the Easter holidays.

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The government plans to offer a vaccine to everyone over the age of 50 by the end of April.

There are potential challenges ahead for managing the pandemic, too. Mutations of the virus, some of which show signs of resistance to the vaccines, are emerging and threaten the government’s path out of lockdown. In response, Johnson has announced tougher border measures with a decade in jail as punishment for breaking new quarantine rules for travelers arriving in Britain from virus hot spots.

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