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COVID-19 vaccination rollout

The Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harries, have given evidence to the Science and Technology and Health and Social Care Committees.  This is the latest official guidance that has been given on the vaccine rollout.

Unfortunately, their evidence suggested that the optimism that has recently arisen around the potential for timelines to be set due to the vaccine rollout may be overstated.  Chris Whitty stressed that the next three months in particular were unlikely to change, and that decisions beyond that would need to be made based on the learnings that had resulted from the rollout of the vaccine up until that point.

He did, however, recognise the particular difficulty this has caused for the hospitality sector, and suggested that once the most vulnerable were vaccinated, a political decision would need to be made about whether to loosen restrictions in order to reopen the economy and allow people's lives to return more to normal.

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Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 12th Dec 2020 16:15:00

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