THE Moderna vaccine will be rolled out in the UK for the first time in weeks – just as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
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Doctors will reportedly begin using the Moderna vaccine in just three weeks.
Under the plans, more than 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine will be added to millions of Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs that will be administered in the UK.
It comes as Boris Johnson said on Saturday that lockdown easing will go ahead on schedule.
Speaking at the Conservatives’ virtual spring forum, Boris said he can see nothing in the data to dissuade him from continuing along his lockdown easing roadmap.
He said: “In just a few days’ time, I’m finally going to be able to go to the barbers.
“But more important than that, I’m going to be able to go down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, I’m going to drink a pint of beer in the pub.
“And as things stand, I can see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade me from continuing along our roadmap to freedom, unlocking our economy and getting back to the life we love.”
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The news comes as figures released yesterday showed that UK Covid deaths had dropped by 40 per cent in a week – in what is the lowest daily rise recorded on a Saturday in the last six months.
Another 58 fatalities were confirmed, along with 4,715 new cases.
The latest figures mean 126,573 people have died in the UK since the start of the pandemic, while a total of 4,329,180 have caught the bug in Britain.
Today’s rise in fatalities is the lowest Saturday figure since October 3 last year, when 49 deaths were confirmed.
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It is also 40 per cent smaller than last Saturday’s figure of 96, while cases are down 15 per cent on the 5,587 reported this time last week.
The Saturday before last, 121 fatalities were recorded, along with 5,534 new infections.
And a month ago, on Saturday February 27, deaths went up by 290.