British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government will speed up its boosted program with the goal of starting revaccination of the population by the end of January due to the emergence of Omicron, a new strain of coronavirus.
The British health authorities announced, that they accepted the recommendation of the vaccination committee to extend the period of the booster program (the third dose) to include all people over the age of 18 years.
“The target we set ourselves is to deliver the booster dose to every eligible person by the end of January,” Johnson said at a news conference. Almost 18 million booster doses have already been given.
“However, under the new regulations, more than 14 million adults in Britain are eligible for a booster dose in England alone,” the Prime Minister indicated.
At the same time, Johnson explained, the government will move forward with the re-vaccination program according to age groups, starting with the elderly.
On the other hand, the British government will continue to refrain from taking strict restrictive measures, considering that vaccination is the most effective tool to combat the epidemic even with the emergence of the Omicron strain.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, confirmed on Saturday that the new Coronavirus mutation is spreading “at worrying speed” and requires citizens to take more precautions.
Regarding the current situation, Johnson announced new restrictions in London and areas in the southeast of England, which he said mainly means lockdown.
After England, the Scottish and Wales authorities also announced stricter measures.
Several countries have announced the suspension of their flights with these countries, in which a new strain of the Coronavirus has appeared
However, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, ruled out re-imposing a state of complete closure in the country, in the wake of the emergence of a new mutant from the Coronavirus.