Coronavirus UK news – Vaccine launch set to start in hours with hopes most Brits will get jab before end of February

A THIRD coronavirus wave could hit Britain after Christmas, a SAGE expert has warned.

Professor Andrew Hayward, an epidemiologist at University College London, urged Brits to stick to the rules over the Christmas period to avoid a ‘severe peak’ and third wave in the new year.

He said it would be “sad” if covid infections spike in the new year as a result of the five day Christmas lockdown break that allows families to mix with one another over the festive period.

The news comes as it emerged covid vaccines will be given to Brits starting from tomorrow – the first country in the world to administer jabs to the general public.

The first of 50 UK hubs received the vaccine on Saturday as an NHS boss declared it was “the beginning of the end” of coronavirus.

And starting tomorrow, patients in the highest risk groups – such as the over 80s – will begin receiving the vaccine.

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