Coronavirus UK news – Boris brings second vaccine doses forward as Indian variant threatens June freedom

BORIS Johnson announced that second vaccine doses will be brought forward as the Indian variant threatens Britain’s June 21 ‘Freedom Day’.

The PM announced the gap between first and second jabs would be slashed to eight weeks after cases of the new Covid strain more than doubled in the last week – but he insisted the Monday unlocking would still take place.

Speaking at a press conference this evening, Mr Johnson said Monday’s May 17 easing will go ahead, but warned that the total lifting of lockdown restriction on June 21 simply cannot be guaranteed.

Although the new Indian variant is popping up in local hotspots all over the UK, the PM said Brits just have to “wait and see” how serious the local outbreaks become and whether they result in increased hospitalisations.

As yet all indications show vaccines remain effective against the new variant, meaning that despite an increasing number of covid infections, hospitalisations remain low and deaths incredibly rare.

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