Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, appears ready for business as usual despite a series of recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom. The British leader mentioned that he’s optimistic about this Christmas being better than last year’s. Of course, not everything is going to be perfect or run smoothly but with some effort and hard work it can be made so.,
Many people had a bad Christmas in 2020 because areas of the UK were placed under Tier 4 lockdown.
In response to concerns over the new Omicron version, Boris Johnson said that he is “100% convinced” that this Christmas would be better than previous year’s.
Experts worry the strain may elude immunity and has a greater likelihood of re-infection, therefore the PM announced a slew of additional steps today to manage it.
Face masks will be required in stores and on public transportation starting next week, contacts of Omicron Covid cases must self-isolate, and overseas visitors will be quarantined until they test negative, the prime minister stated during a Downing Street news conference.
It follows the discovery of two instances of the alarming new type in the UK – in Brentford and Nottingham.
Despite concerns about the new strain, which was discovered in southern Africa, Mr Johnson pledged that Christmas would be “much better than previous year.”
‘We continue to be in a terrific position, partly because to the rapidity of the vaccination rollout, another booster rollout, and I believe I’m going to keep with the formula I’ve used previously, which is that this Christmas will be far better than last Christmas,’ he added.
‘I believe it will be far better than last year,’ he continued.
Many people had a dreadful Christmas 2020 as a result of a last-minute U-turn that prevented families from visiting loved ones in Tier 4 locations.
The United Kingdom was combating the fast spread of the ‘Kent’ variety, which forced the country into its third national lockdown.
When questioned why he was not executing ‘Plan B,’ the government’s backup policy in the event of an infection outbreak in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron stated the new measures were commensurate to the danger presented by Omicron.
While the vaccinations’ efficacy against the variation is still unknown, Mr Johnson believes there are “strong grounds to believe they will give at least some amount of protection.”
‘Regardless of the consequences of this new strain, if you’re vaccinated, especially if you’ve had a booster, your immunity is likely to be greater,’ he added.
In the United Kingdom, two instances of Omicron have been discovered.
He went on to say that the government will be ‘raising the booster campaign’ by urging the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to explore delivering third injections to ‘as large a group as feasible, as well as minimizing the gap’ between the second and booster doses.
However, if Omicron instances spiral, he refused to rule out a lockdown.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance surrounded the Prime Minister.
Sir Patrick said the UK does not currently have enough knowledge to predict the possibility of another shutdown.
‘We will obtain more information on transmissibility,’ the specialist stated. More information on the vaccinations’ capacity to defend against the virus will be obtained. However, this will take some time.
‘We won’t be able to go any farther.’
‘However, if it’s highly transmissible and causes widespread [vaccine] evasion, then obviously that’s a serious problem to address, but that’s not what we know right now.’
‘We need to obtain that information,’ says the narrator.
However, he expressed hope, saying that vaccine developers are already considering ways to make vaccines more effective against new variations, and that a vaccine targeting Omicron might be developed in ‘approximately 100 days.’
Prof Whitty also made a Christmas appeal for Britons to raise a glass to “the wonderful scientists” who produced the vaccinations, claiming that we are in a “different position” this year as a result of their work.
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