Coronavirus UK Updates: ‘We cannot rule out national lockdown after Christmas’

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Coronavirus UK Updates: 'We cannot rule out national lockdown after Christmas'
Coronavirus UK Updates: 'We cannot rule out national lockdown after Christmas'

Asked if there would be no national lockdown, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “We think the tier system is a very effective way, of course, (but) you know, we rule nothing out.

“This Government is absolutely determined to tackle this virus.”

He reiterated a warning of caution over Christmas, adding: “We’re not there yet. That’s why we have to, all of us, be so careful over the Christmas period.

“To have a short period of Christmas, to keep to small numbers the number of people who join you for Christmas, to make sure we keep this deadly virus under control.”

– NHS scraps order to ‘waste one in six’ vaccine doses

GPs have been given new guidance that allows them to use Covid-19 vaccine doses that were previously being wasted, the Telegraph has learned.

Every vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was expected to include five doses, allowing five people to get their first shot of the vaccine as the mass roll-out begins across the country. It takes two doses, delivered 21 days apart, to protect against the coronavirus.

However, GPs have found that it is actually possible to make six doses out of the vials. Until Thursday, they were advised to dispose of the extra dose – meaning large volumes of the vaccine had to be thrown away.

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