BRITS should be able to enjoy a “happy and free Great British summer” once most adults have received the Covid jab, Matt Hancock said today.
The Health Secretary hopes restrictions will be eased in the warmer months as the vaccine roll out picks up pace.
In a boost to lockdown-weary Brits, Mr Hancock said most adults will have had the jab by the summer.
But he warned the country will “have a few tough few months between now and then”, with many restrictions likely to be in place until the late Spring.
He told BBC Politics East: “In six months we’ll be in the middle, I hope, of a happy and free Great British summer.
“I have a high degree of confidence that by then the vast majority of adults will have been vaccinated.”
It comes as new government figures showed that 8.4 million people had received their first dose of the vaccine, while 480,432 have had their second dose.
Britain’s immunisation campaign has surged ahead of many nations in Europe and the West, while poorer countries have struggled to begin the rollout.
The World Health Organisation yesterday urged the UK to halt its vaccination programme once vulnerable groups had received their jabs in order to ensure the global rollout is fair.
The UK is aiming to vaccinate around 15 million vulnerable Brits in the top four priority groups by mid-February – a target which is seen as key to beginning to lift restrictions.
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