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Matt Hancock admits that Christmas won't be normal with the introduction of the Covid vaccine before early 2021


Matt Hancock admits that Christmas won't be normal as he confirms the vaccine's launch is unlikely before early 2021

  • The Minister of Health spoke to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that morning
  • "As close as possible to normal" was the best Christmas party this year
  • Warned even that would depend on new rules now being followed

Matt Hancock admitted today that a normal Christmas is impossible this year.

The health minister admitted that a Covid vaccine is unlikely to be launched before early next year, as he said "as close to normal as possible" was the best that could be hoped for during the holiday season.

And he used a barbecue by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that morning to warn himself that it would depend on the rules now being followed to quell a surge in coronavirus cases.

When asked if people could hug Grandma this Christmas, Ms Willoughby said, “I want Christmas to be as normal as possible. The more we can control the virus now to stop the spread, the easier it will be to have a Christmas that is as normal as possible.

“I know so many people are looking forward to it. It's what I'm hoping for my family, and I just hope we can get there. It means making decisions now. & # 39;

The health minister admitted that a Covid vaccine is unlikely to be launched before early next year, as he said "as close to normal as possible" was the best that could be hoped for during the holiday season.

And he added, "If this gets out of hand now, we will have to take heavier action in the future."

Regarding the possibility of a vaccine, Mr. Hancock said, “For the mass rollout, we'll talk about the first piece of next year if all goes well.

"Hopefully in the first few months – there is still a chance it will be up and running before Christmas, but then we'll have to roll it out and the first people to get it will be the people who are most vulnerable – people in." Nursing homes, the elderly.

"There are a number of different vaccines out there, but we're talking about starting next year so that it affects our lives."

It came as Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance were preparing to warn the UK at a "critical juncture" after a surge in cases of Boris Johnson facing a cabinet war over lockdown reintroduction Fight against the coronavirus.

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser will broadcast a powerful televised address to the nation this morning. Prof. Whitty is expected to say that the UK is facing "a very challenging winter".

He will say the UK is going in the "wrong direction" right now, with government sources warning that the UK is now on its "last chance".

Mr Johnson held talks with Prof Whitty and Sir Patrick yesterday as he was devising a virus control plan that could leave the country under more draconian restrictions for six months.

The fact that Mr Johnson's two top scholars address the nation today will likely be seen as an attempt by the government to allow the Prime Minister to announce new restrictions.

It is understood that Mr Johnson will come up with new measures in a press conference tomorrow, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock today refused to guarantee that pubs would still be open over the weekend, saying it is socializing that is what makes the weekends Spike drives cases.

Mr Hancock said any new lockdown measures "will be different from last time".

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