(London) The United Kingdom on Monday reached its goal of providing at least a first dose of the vaccine against the Coronavirus for more than 50 years in mid-April, which is a new success of the vaccination campaign in which the English can drink on the balcony after a long time, confined to a season winter.
In the face of the heaviest health losses than any other country in Western Europe – more than 127,000 dead – the Boris Johnson government embarked on a massive vaccination campaign that managed to maintain the ambitious schedule.
Three days before the mid-April deadline, the goal of delivering at least a first dose of the vaccine to everyone over the age of 50, to the most vulnerable or most vulnerable, was met on Monday.
More than 32 million people have received at least one dose since the start of December, nearly 60% of the country’s 66 million adult population.
Boris Johnson hailed the “very important” new move and confirmed his goal of providing at least a first dose to all adults by July 31.
This is despite supply difficulties and the decision to confine the basic AstraZeneca vaccine to the British arsenal as a precaution for those over the age of 30, due to concerns about rare cases of blood clots that have killed at least 19 people versus 20 years. One million doses administered in the country.
A beer in the morning
After more than three months of confinement due to the spread of the epidemic this winter due to a more contagious variable, the English have managed to find a bit of freedom with a new phase of gradual deconstruction. Guide the balconies of bars – some in the morning – salons and hair salons.
“It’s finally happening, after all these months!” 32-year-old Kobe Wise cheers, enjoying a cold beer at Half Moon, an East London pub, in the beer garden he visited upon opening, and served until 9 a.m. for the occasion, protected from the spray of umbrellas.
Around him, dozens of students are divided into two groups of different homes, restricted to a maximum of six people, and remain forbidden inside.
On Oxford Street, the capital’s main shopping street, masked shoppers lined up outside clothing stores as early as 5.30am, braving the cold two hours before the non-essential business reopened for the first time.
In London as in the rest of England, hairdressers are overworked, and some have reopened their doors in the middle of the night to meet demand.
Since the third confinement decision in early January or even December in certain areas such as London, pollution, hospitalizations and deaths have been in free fall.
Concern remained an encouraging health picture, with an outbreak of 44 confirmed and 30 possible cases of the variant in South Africa, which were detected in South London, according to the Ministry of Health, which announced the spread Monday evening. A local test campaign, the largest of its kind to date.
But the joy of a gradual return to normal life faded with the death of Prince Philip, 99, on Friday, prompting the UK to national mourning until Saturday’s funeral.
Calls for caution
So Boris Johnson postponed his exit to the bar, but gave himself a tribute to Parliament with hair that was still disheveled but tempered with a hairdresser’s scissors.
In addition to terraces and shops, English can also find gyms, spas, libraries, swimming pools, zoos and go on vacation in the country.
Despite the improvement, calls for caution have multiplied to avoid an excessive resurgence of infection, which health authorities see as inevitable.
The deconfinement calendar, which differs in the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, provides for the reopening of in-house restaurants in England on 17 May, as well as hotels, museums, performance halls, and amphitheaters of limited capacity.
Traveling abroad is prohibited at least until that date, for fear of importing various types of Coronavirus that are resistant to current vaccines.
Funerals are still limited to 30 participants, forcing the royal family to plan a small funeral for Prince Philip on Saturday.