UK and Covid-19: Newsreel

UK and Covid-19: Newsreel

UK says 31.622 million people vaccinated against COVID-19

The British government said on Tuesday that 31.622 million people in the United Kingdom had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, up from 31.582 million in the previous day’s data.

The figures also showed there were 20 additional deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, compared with 26 on Monday.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by William James)

UK vaccine supply is challenging but targets will be met, minister says

Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine programme is challenging due to supply constraints but is set to meet its targets, the minister responsible for rolling out the shots said on Tuesday, adding that 12 million second doses would be distributed in April.

“Supply is always challenging and supply is finite as you’re seeing around the world. But I’m confident… that we’ll meet our targets,” Nadhim Zahawi told LBC radio.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout and Michael Holden)

UK COVID certificate scheme would not be discriminatory, minister says

Any COVID status certification scheme that the United Kingdom adopts has to be workable and must not discriminate against people who are not vaccinated, the minister in charge of vaccine rollout said on Tuesday.

“There is not going to be a situation where a government is going to allow that to happen,” Nadhim Zahawi said on BBC television in response to a question on whether a certification scheme would be discriminatory.

“Everyone can get a test. There is no discrimination. Not everyone can get a vaccine … which is why we’ve got to look at all the technologies to make sure they work together,” he said.

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon; editing by Alistair Smout)

UK hasn’t given up on May 17 return of foreign travel – PM

Britain hasn’t given up on resuming international travel on May 17, but needs to be cautious given rising COVID-19 infections in Europe, its prime minister said on Tuesday, amid pressure from hard-hit airlines to give the green light for foreign holidays.

British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic both urged the government to help secure a swift recovery for the industry.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson now has to weigh up the uncertainty over whether vaccination campaigns can improve the situation in Europe this summer, against the weeks of notice the travel industry needs to restart.

“We have to be realistic … we can’t do it immediately,” he told reporters. “But that doesn’t mean that we’ve given up on May 17,” he said, of the country’s original reopening plan.

(Reporting by Sarah Young)

All news snippets are from Thomas Reuters Foundation