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In an interview on the Today programme this morning Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and a member of the government’s vaccine taskforce, said that he thought it would be possible to vaccinate “a very large percentage” of the population by the spring. He said:
We can get vaccines into people in the UK and in most western countries pretty effectively. So I think the idea that we’re going to vaccinate a very large percentage of the population by spring is completely possible.
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And I think that will make a big difference because people will be then less anxious about catching the disease because they will be vaccinated, transmissions will fall to a low level and we may not be back completely to normal but things are going to look dramatically different by the spring.
The UK and the US have signed an agreement that will allow commercial flights between the two countries to continue after the post-Brexit transition ends on 31 December, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. Currently those flights operate under an agreement between the EU and the US, but that won’t apply to the UK from 2021.