October 20, 2021

UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson gives news briefing on tougher England Covid rules post lockdown

Latest updates: PM holds press conference; Police Federation says new rules may be impossible to...

Latest updates: PM holds press conference; Police Federation says new rules may be impossible to enforce; Starmer says three-tier system is risky

7.29pm GMT

Boris Johnson admitted rolling out the vaccine for Covid-19 is a huge logistical challenge and said it will take “a long time” before everyone who needs the vaccine gets it.

A large number of partners will be coming together to deliver [the vaccine] – the NHS, local authorities, the armed services, Public Health England, we will all be working together, there’s a huge, huge effort to go and that’s why it’s such a big logistical challenge.

It will take a long time before we can get the shots in the arms where they’re needed.

7.24pm GMT

The prime minister said there are no plans to close schools a week early so children can safely visit elderly relatives over Christmas.

“We believe education is of huge importance, we want to keep kids in school as much as we can,” he said.

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