By Caribbean News Global
LONDON, England – At the coronavirus press conference on April 20, 2021, UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson affirmed “there is no doubt at all that this country is continuing to make progress in the fight against COVID-19,” and “we are proceeding with our roadmap.”
Prime minister Johnson announced that 19 out of 20 of those who’ve had the first dose of the vaccine are coming forward for a second meaning that almost 1 in 5 of all adults have now had a second dose. And on first jabs, we’ve now vaccinated 33 million people including 60 percent of the 45-49-year-olds.
“We know that this vaccination programme is making a big difference. We know that it’s helping to reduce suffering and save lives potentially on a very big scale. But we don’t yet know the full extent of the protection that we are building up the exact strength of our defences – and as we look at what is happening in other countries with cases now at record numbers around the world, we cannot delude ourselves that COVID-19 has gone away,” prime minister Johnson continued. “I see nothing in the data now that makes me think we are going to have to deviate in any way from the roadmap cautious but irreversible that we have set out. But the majority of scientific opinion in this country is still firmly of the view that there will be another wave of COVID-19 at some stage this year and so we must – as far as possible – learn to live with this disease, as we live with other diseases.”
The United Kingdom was the first country in the world to pioneer dexamethasone, which has saved a million lives globally. The UK prime minister advised the willingness to “bolster defences with booster jabs this Autumn, we’ll be continuing with testing. We are creating a new Antivirals Task Force to search for the most promising new medicines and support their development through clinical trials with the aim of making them safely and rapidly available as early as the Autumn. By focussing on these antivirals we hope to lengthen the UK’s lead in life sciences and to give ever-greater confidence to the people of this country that we can continue on our path towards freedom.”
Prime minister Johnson noted that everyday science is “helping us to get back to normality and that antiviral treatments can play an important part. If we keep going, follow the rules remember hands, face, space, fresh air – then we can keep each other safe and see through our roadmap to reclaim our lives in full,” he said.