British Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, completely exclude the imposition of mandatory vaccination in the UK, but placed on the table the need for a fourth dose to combat future waves of pandemicssaid the European press.
His comments come at a time when cases are skyrocketing in central Europe. between recent protests against increased restrictions and tightening of vaccination protocols, as happened in Austria.
The UK even bought 114 million coronavirus vaccines and London announced the signing of new contracts with Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna for 2022 and 2023. This includes access to modified tests where necessary to combat Omicron variants.
The Ministry of Health specified in a statement that the game will include 60 million doses from American Moderna and 54 million from German-American Pfizer/BioNTech. The total doses ordered to date by the UK, including some that do not yet have regulatory approval, are 453.5 million, with six different companies. In this country, more than 116 million doses, including first, second and booster doses, according to the latest official data.
“What countries like Austria decide is their business. We are fortunate that in this country, despite doubts about vaccines, there are far fewer numbers than we have seen elsewhere.”, he explained in a statement provided to the BBC network.
Minister expands: “Future considerations include the need for a booster (third dose) injection for people aged 18 to 39. that they are not in the risk group, and if additional booster vaccination (fourth dose) may even be required for the most susceptible group of adults if necessary”.
The UK is now experiencing an increase in new infections with more than 40,000 cases per day and more than 100 deaths per day. The country has reported more than 9.8 million affected and 144,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.