Status: 03/27/2021 12:34 p.m.
A third vaccination should protect against mutations of the corona virus in Great Britain. One is prepared, said the responsible state secretary. There also seems to be a solution in the dispute with the EU over vaccine exports.
To protect against new variants of the coronavirus, people in the UK are said to receive a third vaccination. Over 70-year-olds could get this “booster” vaccination as early as September, said State Secretary Nadhim Zahawi of the Daily Telegraph. Medical staff and nursing staff should then also receive their third dose within ten months. By autumn, eight different vaccines would probably be available for this, said Zahawi. “Whatever the virus, we’ll be ready.”
The State Secretary announced that drive-through vaccination centers will soon open. You could then be vaccinated in the car, for example. This should reduce the vaccination skepticism of younger people as soon as it is their turn, said Zahawi.
30 million first vaccinations
The UK government has announced that all adults should receive a first dose of the coronavirus by the end of July. However, she has not made any specific announcements about the time after that. So far, around 30 million people have had their first dose injected, more than half of the adults. About five percent also received a second vaccination. However, because of the spread of more contagious variants, the pressure on the government not to jeopardize the previous vaccination success is growing.
The Guardian newspaper reported that the cabinet had discussed an expansion of the “red list” of high-risk countries. It is feared that virus variants from abroad could weaken the British vaccination program, which has so far been successful. Anyone entering from these areas must be in hotel quarantine for ten days at their own expense.
Media report: Vaccine agreement with the EU
Meanwhile, the UK is apparently on the verge of signing a vaccine deal with the European Union (EU). As the English daily newspaper “The Times” reported, the agreement could eliminate the risk of a delivery stop by the EU. As part of the agreement, the EU wants to lift its threat to ban the export of BioNTech / Pfizer vaccines to the UK. In return, the British government is ready to forego some long-term supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is to be exported from Holland.
In the past few days there had been a dispute between the British government and the EU. The latter had tightened its export controls on coronavirus vaccines in order to block deliveries to countries that have high vaccination rates or do not dispense vaccine doses produced there. The UK in particular had come into focus: According to the EU, around eleven million vaccine doses have been exported to the UK so far. Conversely, the EU is still waiting for deliveries from the British side.