Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said on Wednesday that if the Tier system and the vaccines “drive down the virus,” then by April then restrictions could be eased.
ITV’s Robert Peston, asked the Prime Minister how long will people be living under the current restrictions across England.
Johnson told Peston, “That will depend on how fast we can get the virus under control, with tough tiering, with testing and with rolling out the vaccination programme.
“I am not going to give a deadline, but you’ve heard what I’ve said about April, that is the terminus ante quem, if, and it’s a big if, the tiering can work to bring the virus under control.
“If the vaccine rollout proceeds fast enough and we are able to inoculate, to protect those millions talked about, those vulnerable groups, then there is a world in which that date can be brought forward by who knows how many weeks.
“But that’s obviously what we’re aiming for.”
This comes as the government has bought more than 500,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines which was approved today.
The vaccination programme will now be accelerated and the UK will be “out of the pandemic by spring,” Hancock said.