The emergence of the B.1.1171.2.2 coronavirus variant has led some scientists to call for a delay in reopening.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has said that India will accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination program to embrace the first-identified rapid expansion option, which could lead to a re-opening of the economy.
The UK has been promoting one of the fastest inoculation campaigns in the world, with shots reaching almost 36 per cent of the adult population in the first and 36 per cent in the second, helping to reduce infection rates and deaths.
“It’s more important than ever, so people get a second dose of extra protection,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“So following the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, we will expedite the second dose remaining medically at risk for more than fifty years and across the country, so this dose comes just eight weeks later,” he said.
The rise of the B.1.1171.2.2 change in parts of northern England and London has prompted some scientists to delay reopening and reconsider the pace of vaccine rollouts.
“I believe we should rely on vaccines to protect our people when the situation is closely monitored because the race between our vaccination program and the virus could become even tougher,” Johnson told a news conference. Reported.
The spread of the variant could hamper progress outside the UK lockdown, making it even more difficult for the economy to reach the final stage of reopening in June.
“It is very clear now that we are going to survive this new form of the virus for some time, so let’s work together, and practice caution and common sense,” he said.
Johnson aimed to lift all restrictions on 21 June after allowing the people of England to embrace again from Monday, to meet in small groups indoors and to travel abroad.
Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said there was now confidence that B.1.11171.2.2 was more contagious than the first cant to be discovered on the skin of England’s second wave. He said that b.
Public Health England said on Thursday that there had been 1,133 cases of B1.1171.2.2 in one week in England, more than double the previous week, with four deaths confirmed.
Whitty said there has been no significant increase in hospital admissions from variants so far, as it could be that more people were vaccinated.
But both Johnson and Whitty said it was still the first day and that scientists needed to verify the data within the next two or three weeks to really see the effects of the variant.
The UK puts India on a “red list” of travel in April, which means all arrivals from India – are now suffering from global problems. The most intense waves COVID-19’s – 10 days must be paid for segregation at an approved hotel.
Media reports at the time suggested that the quarantine requirement had been announced four days earlier, so many people wanted to fly earlier. The UK has a huge South Asian community.
Even with the new variants, the government wants to avoid repeating the regional carbs used last year, which ultimately failed to prevent two more national lockdowns.
At the national level, the infection is still low and has declined for the fifth week in a row in England, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed on Friday.