Boris Johnson said that July 19 was “looking good” when asked if he would rule out further lockdowns this winter.
The Prime Minister insisted his belief the new Freedom Day target would be “a terminus point”, despite experts warning a lockdown could be needed if the NHS is overrun by a new ‘third wave’.
“You can never exclude that there will be some new disease, some new horror that we simply haven’t budgeted for, or accounted for,” the Prime Minister told reporters during a visit to a laboratory in Hertfordshire.
“But looking at where we are, looking at the efficacy of the vaccines against all variants that we can currently see – so Alpha, Delta, the lot of them, Kappa – I think it’s looking good for July 19 to be that terminus point.
“I think what the scientists are saying is that things like flu will come back this winter, we may have a rough winter for all sorts of reasons, and obviously there are big pressures on the NHS.
“All the more reason to reduce the number of Covid cases now, give the NHS the breathing space it needs to get on with dealing with all those other pressures, and we are certainly going to be putting in the investment to make sure that they can.”
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