BORIS Johnson will give a press conference at 5pm tonight after the UK hit the massive vaccine milestone of dishing out 3 million doses.
The PM will be flanked by his top experts, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.
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Boris Johnson will address the nation this eveningCredit: Reuters
Announcing the “superb news” millions of Brits had been given the life-saving jab, Mr Johnson said: “Superb news that we’ve administered over 3 million vaccine doses across the UK.
“THANK YOU to all who have responded to the call and to the NHS, Armed Forces and volunteers who make it happen.
“It brings real hope, but it’s critical that for now we #StayHomeSaveLives.”
The Government is said to be preparing to more than double the pace of the current programme next week to up to half a million jabs a day.
It could mean 32 million over-50s could have had the jab within months.
He has vowed to vaccinate 13 million people in the top four most vulnerable categories in order to start relaxing the lockdown.
It comes as:
A spokesperson for No10 said there would be an “update” on the Brazilian strain this evening.
Transport Secretary this morning Grant Shapps said this morning he did not believe the mutation is in Britain yet.
“There haven’t been any flights that I can see from the last week from Brazil, for example,” he told the BBC.
And he said the Government’s top scientists think the vaccine will still work effectively on the new variant.
Mr Shapps said: “We had a look at this particular mutation, as opposed to many other thousands very carefully, saw there may be an issue, not so much that the vaccine won’t work, in fact scientists think it will work, but just the fact it is more spreadable.”
Meanwhile, Government has launched a new advertising blitz in an attempt to stop people breaking the Covid rules over the weekend.
It warns people not to “bend the rules” and that from the Government’s new advertising blitz warning that “catching up can kill”, after parks and beaches were packed last weekend.
The Sun revealed yesterday one of them is expected to say that grabbing a coffee “could cost lives” – after ministers warned against people using exercise rules to see their mates.