Prime Minister Boris Johnson was questioned by MPs at a Commons Committee this week, and gave a sequence of updates in regards to the battle towards coronavirus.
He revealed that half of people aged over 80 have already been vaccinated throughout the North East and Yorkshire.
Speaking to the House of Commons Liaison Committee, he stated figures displaying what number of people have been vaccinated in every area can be revealed this week – and some elements of the nation are doing significantly better than others.
He stated: “We need to be as clear as we presumably can about what number of we’re vaccinating.”
There have been 2.8m jabs vaccinations to this point, involving 2.4m people (suggesting some people have already been vaccinated twice), he stated. And he repeated his pledge to vaccinate 15 million people by February 15.
Mr Johnson stated: “Some of the figures are very fascinating. There are elements of the nation the place they’ve accomplished extremely effectively”.
Releasing some new figures, he stated in the North East and Yorkshire, more than 50% of over-80s had been vaccinated – however progress was “much less good in another elements of the nation”, he stated.
He appeared misplaced for phrases when requested by Newcastle MP Catherine McKinnell whether or not he nonetheless believed US President Donald Trump was as deserving of the Nobel (*80*) Prize as President Barack Obama, who was awarded the prize in 2009.
Instead of answering straight, Mr Johnson stated: “I’m in favour of the prime minister of the UK having the very best relationship with the president of the United States and I had a wonderful dialog very just lately with president-elect Joe Biden.”
Other bulletins included:
Local councils can be instructed what number of people have been vaccinated in their space, with administrators of public well being given full particulars of who precisely has had the jab. But there don’t look like plans to publish native figures, solely regional figures.
More native pharmacists can be given the vaccine to manage, however not but. Mr Johnson stated: “As we go ahead with the rollout then I believe neighborhood pharmacists, that are trusted”, will play a key position.
The check and hint system has performed 56 million exams to this point, essentially the most in Europe, Mr Johnson instructed the Liaison Committee
The Prime Minister stated the quantity of meals offered to some mother and father with kids eligible without cost faculty meals was “a scandal and a shame”. He stated the companies offering the meals “have been hauled over the coals .. they’ve apologised. They have reimbursed the colleges and pledged to not do it once more.”
Mr Johnson additionally stated colleges had at all times been free to supply mother and father with vouchers, which they may spend themselves, and three quarters of colleges did this. Others had chosen to supply mother and father with meals bins as an alternative.
The Prime Minister declined to say whether or not the Government would go forward with deliberate modifications to Universal Credit in April. It introduced in April 2020 that the profit can be briefly elevated by £1,000 for one 12 months, and critics say this implies Universal Credit can be “reduce” in April 2021. He stated: “I believe most people in this nation would fairly see a concentrate on jobs and a development in wages, than specializing in welfare, however clearly now we have to maintain all these items underneath evaluate.”