SAGE’s Andrew Hayward says Britain “will be more or less back to normal for the summer” as vaccination levels increase. The news comes as coronavirus cases continue to fall, and one in five of the population have had at least their first dose of the vaccine.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme yesterday, the professor, who is a member of SAGE told its listeners: “Once the most vulnerable people, particularly those over 50 and those with chronic illnesses, are vaccinated then yes I think we can see a significant return to normality.”
“That in addition to the fact coronavirus is a seasonal disease, I think will make a big difference and allow us to open up.”
“I think what we’ll see is a phased opening up as the vaccination levels increase, and then we will be more or less back to normal for the summer, I would imagine.”
Over 10 million people have now received at least their first dose of the vaccine. Matt Hancock said that the UK remains on track to complete jabs for the top four priority groups by February 15, according to the Daily Mirror.