To manage the virus, an ex-chief of the UK’s vaccine taskforce calls for a “new targeted strategy.”
According to the ex-chief of the UK’s vaccine taskforce, the coronavirus should be treated like the flu, and Britain’s mass vaccination program should be phased out once the booster campaign is completed.
Dr. Clive Dix, who served as the government agency’s chairman from December 2020 to April, called for a return to a “new normal” and a 180-degree change in strategy throughout the pandemic.
In the hopes that the Omicron variant will be even less severe than the flu, he said the country should focus on learning to manage the disease rather than trying to stop it from spreading.
Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s regional director for London, said the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus peaked in the city over the new year period and that case rates were now declining across the city.
Professor Fenton told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday, ‘We think we may have passed or are at the peak.’
‘Data from the ONS suggests that the peak occurred around or around New Year, and we’re seeing decreases in overall case rates across the city and the prevalence of infections in the community.’
On Friday, 22,526 first-dose jabs, 32,455 second-dose jabs, and 207,801 booster jabs were given out, according to the latest vaccination statistics.
The total number of people who have received at least two doses of a vaccine is now 47,632,483, with 35,273,945 receiving a booster shot.
It comes as official data showed that the UK’s daily Covid figures fell for the third day in a row on Saturday, indicating that the worst of the recent wave may be over.
According to figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), there were 146,390 new positive tests in the last 24 hours, down 18.5 percent from the previous week’s figure of 179,637.
It was the largest weekly drop since early November, before the supermutant strain sent cases soaring across the country.
However, the number of people dying from the virus continued to rise, with 313 deaths reported this week, up 103% from the previous week.
Since the beginning of the pandemic nearly two years ago, more than 150,000 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 within 28 days.
Boris Johnson acknowledged the virus’s “terrible toll” on the country, while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called it a “dark milestone” for the country.
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