Less than HALF the UK population will get coronavirus vaccine, warns Govt adviser

LESS than half of Brits will get a Covid vaccine with the elderly being top priority – a top advisor has warned.

Kate Bingham, who was appointed as the chair of the Vaccine Taskforce back in May has claimed that the public has been “misguided” when it comes to availability of a vaccine.

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Ms Bingham said that vaccinating the whole country was “not going to happen”.

In an interview with the Financial Times, she said the government “needs to vaccinate everyone at risk”.

She said: “People keep talking about ‘time to vaccinate the whole population’, but that is misguided.

“There’s going to be no vaccination of people under 18. It’s an adult-only vaccine, for people over 50, focusing on health workers and carehome workers and the vulnerable.”

It comes after cases in the UK have continued to climb in recent weeks, with more and more areas across the country being forced to enter into local lockdowns.

Speaking yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the priority was to keep fighting the virus.

 

 

Over the weekend the government admitted that technical issues with the NHS Test & Trace programme had meant that thousands of people were not told that they had been exposed to the virus.

Daily infection rates shot up by a record high of 22,961 on Sunday, which officials said was "artificially high" because it included missed cases from the last week.

Experts have previously warned that a vaccine for the virus won’t be a “quick fix” to Covid-19.

Professor Nilay Shah, from Imperial College London, said even if a jab is rolled out in spring restrictions would remain in place for many months.

Ms Bingham added that the government is aiming to vaccinate around 30 million people.

The population of the UK currently sits at around 67 million.

She added that the vaccination programme would be aimed at those “most at risk”.

Ms Bingham also claimed that vaccinating younger people could put them at risk.

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