All children should be vaccinated before Britain unlocks, says doomster SAGE on appeal to DELAY on July 19
EVERY child in the UK should be stung before Britain takes the final step of unlocking, say the Sage doomsters.
In a call to delay July 19, some experts say the country should not regain its freedom until every young person has been vaccinated.
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Scientists clashed over plans for the coming weeks – after Professor Chris Whitty said the date IS the right time to end restrictions and England is on track to open up as much as possible for summer.
England’s chief medical officer said in a cabinet briefing on Monday that the country’s recent spike in Covid cases was not leading to a surge in hospital admissions.
But Professor John Edmunds said we need to delay – to make sure schoolchildren are offered the vaccination.
He told the BBC’s Newsnight: “At some point we have to dismantle all of these measures that we have put in place.
“I think the safest time for me to do this is when the children have been vaccinated, certainly school-aged children at least. It is the safest way.”
And he says the only way out of the crisis is to hit every person in the country.
“If we can show that it’s safe, and I think we’re still collecting data on where the vaccine has been used overseas, in Israel, the United States and elsewhere, I think it will be the how we can put this epidemic behind us and the children can move forward, ”he said.
“Until we do, there will be other kinds of disruption, whether it’s related to mass testing or related to bubble exclusions.
“I think all of these measures need to go, and I think the kids are looking and thinking, ‘Well, vaccinated adults can go on with their lives, so why can’t I? “
“We have to think seriously about it by September.”
But Professor Whitty – who had previously said UK officials were weighing the benefits of kicking children – reportedly told ministers summer was the time to ease as many restrictions as possible.
The academic warned that winter would prove to be more difficult as the virus can spread more when people are indoors.
A source from the cabinet told The Times: “The opinion of scientists was that we should open as much as possible this summer before winter, which will be much more difficult.
“It was very encouraging.”
Another source said Professor Whitty had been “cautiously optimistic”.
It is understood that Whitehall will not yet approve mass vaccination of children – as the risks to young people are not yet fully understood.
However, it is believed that many of the current vaccines are already safe for young people.
Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen are all tested on under-18s.
WHITTY ‘OPTIMISTIC’ FOR THE JULY OPENING
In its own clinical trial, Pfizer found that the vaccine appeared to be 100% effective. There were no serious side effects.
No firm decision has been taken within the government on the issue – despite teachers’ unions calling on young people to get vaccinated.
Indeed, children are very unlikely to be severely affected by the coronavirus – meaning the vaccine would not be given to protect their health, but to increase the chances of a return to normalcy.
Professor Whitty said earlier this month that officials will weigh any risk the jab causes against the impact of a missed education on young people.
And Boris Johnson told cabinet yesterday he was “increasingly confident” that all social distancing rules would be lifted on July 19 – and Britons will have to “learn to live” with the virus from there.
He said there had been “much slower growth” in the number of deaths and patients requiring hospital care.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “The Cabinet has agreed that once the roadmap is completed, we can live with Covid in the future even if cases continue to rise, thanks to the protections provided by the vaccine. . “
And a reading from the meeting said: “The PM pointed out that yesterday we finalized the interim review and the data shows cases continue to rise, but hospitalizations and deaths have grown significantly. weaker.
“He reiterated the government’s position that we are therefore increasingly confident to take the final step on July 19, when more vaccinations have been offered. “
Yesterday a total of 20,479 additional Covid cases were recorded in the UK, a 75% increase during the week.
Hospital admissions in England have doubled this month but are still averaging only 204 per day, up from a peak of over 4,000 in January.
And by July 19, two-thirds of adults will have received both doses of their vaccines.
Chief science adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said last month that postponing the latest easing until July 19 would halve the impact of a summer peak, but added that “it’s not very obvious that you get a lot more profit by continuing longer “.
Meanwhile, the new Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday he wanted to return to normal life “as soon as possible” and vowed there would be “no turning back” once the restrictions will finally be lifted in four weeks.
A total of 23 Covid-19 deaths were recorded yesterday, up from 27 last Tuesday.