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Coronavirus UK news – Lockdown RETURN feared with govt ready to bring back tough rules but July 19 will go ahead for now


Dame Sarah, who co-created the jab which has gone into the arms of tens of millions of people, stressed the importance of more vaccines being produced and distributed around the globe.

She added: “Because if we don’t, the virus is going to continue to circulate and to mutate, and we won’t be able to travel, and we may reach a point where the vaccines that are in use now are much less effective.

“We’re not there yet, the vaccines are still highly effective against the variants that are now circulating, but there could come a point if we allow transmission to continue at a high rate in parts of the world that may be a long way away, but the viruses travel very quickly, we could get into a much worse situation.

“So we have to continue to get this vaccine out to everybody for our own protection as well as theirs.”

Only 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday, according to the latest figures collated by Our World In Data.

This is compared to 50% of people in high income countries, according to the online publication, which uses public official sources

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