Coronavirus latest news LIVE: Britain reaches rollout halfway point as 26.8 MILLION jabs given amid fears of fourth wave

MORE than half of the UK’s adult population has now received a first dose of the Covid vaccine.

It means the midway point to jabbing the entire nation by the end of July was passed in the last 24 hours – with 26.8 vaccines now hands out.

Matt Hancock said in a video on Saturday morning: “I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that we have now vaccinated half of all adults in the United Kingdom. It’s a huge success. I want to say many, many thanks to all those involved, including the half of all adults who’ve come forward.

“It’s so important because this vaccine is our way out of the pandemic. So when you get the call, please, come forward and get the jab. And join the majority of adults who’ve now been jabbed.”

But Professor Andrew Hayward said “another wave” of coronavirus cases was possible in the UK – but its consequences would be less due to high levels of vaccination.

Appearing on Times Radio he was asked if a “fourth wave” of infections could be possible if “mistakes” are made during the easing of lockdown measures.

Prof Hayward, of University College London (UCL), said: “I think another wave is possible, likely even.

“I guess the difference is that another wave will cause substantially fewer deaths and hospitalisations because of high levels of vaccination across the sorts of people who would have ended up in hospital or unfortunately dying if they haven’t been vaccinated.

“So the consequences of another wave are less. I think the challenge is of course we don’t know exactly how much less.”

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