Coronavirus UK news – Boris Johnson pledges to have Covid vaccine himself as UK virus sees grim death toll pass 50,000

BORIS Johnson has pledged to have the coronavirus vaccine himself when it is ready.

During Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, Mr Johnson said science has given the country “two big boxing gloves” in the form of a possible vaccine and testing.

The PM’s official spokesman said: “Any vaccines which are determined for use will undergo a vigorous series of safety checks, they will be absolutely safe for the public to use.

“And the Prime Minister would therefore, of course, be very happy to take the vaccine himself.”

It comes as coronavirus deaths in the UK passed 50,000 yesterday – a grim milestone as the Covid second wave continues to surge.

A further 361 people who tested positive for Covid-19 died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of deaths in Britain to 50,131.

The patients were aged between 43 and 102 and all except 20 – aged between 58 and 95 – had underlying health issues. The deaths were between October 13 and November 10.

Government adviser Prof Sir John Bell told MPs he was confident we can “hit the New Year with two or three vaccines”. He added he expects the world-leading Pfizer vaccine to be ready for use by mid-December.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News he hoped to begin deploying the vaccine at the start of December, although elderly patients and those most at risk of catching coronavirus would get it first.

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