October 05, 2020
Less than half of people in the UK would be vaccinated against coronavirus, the head of the country’s vaccine taskforce has said, in an attempt to clarify the “misguided” public perception of the programme.
Less Than Half Of UK Population Would Be Vaccinated Against Coronavirus, Says Taskforce Boss
Kate Bingham told the Financial Times there will be “no vaccination of people under 18” which will instead be “adult-only” and focus on “over 50s ... health workers and care home workers and the vulnerable”.
She added: “People keep talking about ‘time to vaccinate the whole population’ but that is misguided.”
Bingham said the government was aiming to vaccinate about 30 million people, compared with a UK population of about 67 million, if a successful vaccine against Covid-19 was found.
Experts last week said it may take more than a year for everyone in the UK to get a Covid-19 vaccine should one become available early next year.
Professor Nilay Shah, head of the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London, said even if a vaccine becomes available in early spring, it does not mean life will be “returning to normal in March”.
He said although the clinical trials for many of the Covid-19 vaccine candidates are currently being fast-tracked, they will still have to demonstrate a protective effect against Covid-19 and go through all the regulatory checks before being rolled out to the population.
Prof Shah, one of the authors of a new Royal Society report on vaccine development and implementation, said: ”(Even if) vaccination does start in the spring, it will take a long time to work through the different priority groups initially, and then the wider population later on.”Meanwhile, a technical glitch which meant almost 16,000 Covid-19 cases went unreported has led to a delay in efforts to trace contacts of people who tested positive for the virus.
Public Health England (PHE) said a technical issue resulted in 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2 being left out of the reported daily Coronavirus cases.
Senior officials said the outstanding cases were transferred to NHS Test and Trace “immediately” after the issue was resolved and thanked contact tracers for their “additional efforts” over the weekend to clear the backlog.
All cases were passed on to tracers by 1am on Saturday, meaning potential delays of more than a week in contacting thousands of people who were exposed to the virus and telling them to self-isolate.
PHE said every single person who was tested initially had received their test result as normal, with all those testing positive told to self-isolate.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This is shambolic and people across the country will be understandably alarmed.This is just shambolic. ‘Technical problems’ means over 15,000 previously missing Covid cases added to the totals for recent days.Were these cases followed up by contact tracing teams? Are contacts isolating? How does this impact local restrictions?People will be alarmed. pic.twitter.com/46hOXxyvur— Jonathan Ashworth 😷 (@JonAshworth) October 4, 2020“Matt Hancock should come to the House of Commons on Monday to explain what on earth has happened, what impact it has had on our ability to contain this virus and what he plans to do to fix test and trace.”
On Saturday, professor Graham Medley, an attendee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, tweeted: “Reporting delays play havoc with data streams and make them very difficult to analyse in real time.
“If the delays change or vary by group then they can distort a lot. Wonder what these will do to the R estimates next week.”Related... Huge Jump In Daily Covid Cases To 22,961 As UK Infection Number Passes 500,000 Massive Surge In Daily Reported Coronavirus Cases Due To 'Technical Issue'
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
See inside the $11M NYC apartment where Jennifer Aniston grew up | Page Six Celebrity News
January 22, 2021
Rolu0nEerZE
Mira Furlan, ‘Lost’ and ‘Babylon 5’ actress, dead at 65 | Page Six Celebrity News
January 22, 2021
oWn6ovHp8Kc
‘Too Hot to Handle’ star Francesca Farago and new girlfriend pack on PDA | Page Six Celebrity News
January 21, 2021
GhpFhAiVuD0
Andra Day & Leslie Odom Jr. On Playing Musical Icons Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke | Actors on Actors
January 23, 2021
WFD7JFy5G-s
‘WandaVision’ Star Teyonah Parris on Embodying Marvel Superhero Monica Rambeau
January 21, 2021
8Ul8IaG7ypQ
Ben Affleck & Sacha Baron Cohen On Portraying an Alcoholic, Fooling Rudy Giuliani | Actors on Actors
January 21, 2021
e8fK26HQCvQ
Larry King's Most Iconic Interview Moments
January 23, 2021
w5FHte31nZI
Teen Shows Made for Adults: "Sex Education," "The Wilds" & More
January 23, 2021
qsULHK2sAMA
Was Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler's New Pic About Madison LeCroy?
January 23, 2021
euHpACO0dY4
Mattel Honors Poet Maya Angelou With Barbie Doll | TMZ TV
January 21, 2021
nEnK5Q3VqeY
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Go Horseback Riding With Kids | TMZ TV
January 21, 2021
5CpLrILyT1U
Celebs Take Over President Biden's Inauguration | TMZ TV
January 21, 2021
3idd0ujio7M
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
24
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Napoli
24
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Bologna
24
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Sassuolo
24
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Cagliari
23
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Alaves - Real Madrid
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Inter Milan
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Atalanta
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Spezia
23
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Newcastle United
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Fiorentina - Crotone
23
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Real Betis
21
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Eibar - Atletico Madrid
21
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Burnley
20
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Aston Villa
20
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Bayern Munich
20
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Fulham - Manchester United
19
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Dortmund
19
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Chelsea
18
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
18
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - AC Milan
17
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Juventus
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Manchester United
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Sheffield United - Tottenham Hotspur
17
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Crystal Palace
17
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayern Munich - SC Freiburg
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.