The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said he expects Brits to be able to enjoy Christmas this year as he is “not anticipating anymore lockdowns.”
Appearing on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday, Javid was asked will Brits have a Christmas this year and he said “of course.”
Javid told the BBC, “I’m not anticipating any more lockdowns.
“I think it would be irresponsible for any health minister around the world to take everything off the table, but I just don’t see how we get another lockdown.”
The Health Secretary told the Marr Show that he is “hopeful for a better winter,” but “we need to prepare.”
He added, “Covid and other viruses, they like the autumn and they like the winter.
“That’s why later this week the prime minister will be setting out our plans to manage Covid and other health threats during the winter.
“What we’ll make clear is our first line of defence remains the vaccine programme which has been enormously successful – over 80% of over-16s have had their double jabs, far more have had at least one jab.
“That remains vital, we still want people to come forward, so if there are any listeners who still haven’t had their jab, please do come forward.
“Those jabs are working, but alongside that, we’ve got testing infrastructure, this huge juggernaut of a machine providing tests up and down the country.
“We’ve got new treatments that we didn’t have last winter and we’ve got a surveillance system that’s the envy of the world, so all of this is working together to protect us.”