Britain to start vaccination against COVID-19 next week

Matt Hancock appeared on GMB

Matt Hancock appeared on GMB

"The good news is that it's not growing".

Asked if there could be roll outs before Christmas, he said: "Let's hope so [that the vaccine will come before Christmas]".

British Health Minister Matt Hancock told Times radio that thanks to leaving the EMA, the United Kingdom would "not go at the pace of the Europeans, who are moving a little bit more slowly".

Hancock also assured that the public that the vaccine was safe.

Mr Hancock seemed up for the idea, and claimed he would happily join him when the time comes. "We can now say that with certainty, as opposed to all the caveats that I usually have to put around that".

He added: "As a healthy middle-aged man you're not at the top of the prioritisation, but if we can get that approved and people think that's reasonable, I am up for doing that".

Piers Morgan vowed to the the vaccine live on GMB
Piers Morgan vowed to the the vaccine live on GMB

"We have got to get this rolled out at the speed it can be manufactured but I am confident now with the news today that from spring, from Easter onwards things are going to be better", Matt Hancock continued.

The German health minister Jens Spahn said after a meeting of European Union health ministers: "The idea is not that we're the first, but the idea is to have safe and effective vaccines in the pandemic". The two jabs - which offer up to 95 per cent protection according to The MHRA - have to be taken with 21 days in between, and vulnerable and elderly patients should be able to start getting immunised within the next few days.

The head of Britain's medicines regulator, June Raine, earlier told a televised briefing that Britain's fast-tracked vaccine approval was done under provisions of European law, which the country is required to follow until the end of this month under its transition arrangements for leaving the bloc.

He added people would not be restricted if they decided not to take the vaccine.

"Powerful message = That would be really good publicity for me & my ego offering to take the vaccine on TV with @MattHancock" tweeted one viewer. "I think you have to show leadership in these things", Hancock then suggested. "The fact that this EU product is so good that Britain approved it so quickly shows that in this crisis European and worldwide cooperation are best", he said.

OECD sees global economy turning the corner on coronavirus
It also called for decisive actions to reverse the rise in poverty and income inequality and a return to worldwide cooperation. That is likely to lead to further declines in economic activity in the short term in some countries, especially in Europe.

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