The way forward for music festivals within the UK has acquired a optimistic increase after the Well being Secretary mentioned the approval of a coronavirus vaccine will lead to “a summer time that everyone can get pleasure from”.
Matt Hancock’s feedback got here hours after the UK turned the primary nation on the earth to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for widespread use.
British regulator The MHRA says the jab, which gives as much as 95 per cent safety towards Covid-19 sickness, is protected for the beginning of a nationwide rollout subsequent week.
It’s believed that immunisations might begin inside days for these most in want, together with the susceptible and aged sufferers.
The UK has ordered 40million doses, which is sufficient to vaccinate 20million folks.
Showing on BBC Breakfast, Hancock mentioned: “2020 has been simply terrible and 2021 goes to higher. Assistance is on its method with its vaccine. We will now say that with certainty, versus all of the caveats that I normally should put round that.”
The Killers headline Glastonbury 2019. Credit score: Carolina Faruolo/NME
Whereas warning that it might take time to roll out, Hancock mentioned he’s assured that life will return to regular from the spring.
“We’re going to have a summer time subsequent yr that everyone can get pleasure from. Between from time to time we’ve obtained to carry our resolve. We handed the tiering preparations by way of the Commons with an enormous majority final evening. Let’s all respect the restrictions we’ve got to stay our lives in for now.”
Glastonbury is presently set to happen throughout the ultimate weekend of June, whereas Studying & Leeds will return as soon as extra throughout the August Financial institution Vacation weekend. Headliners embrace Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Queens Of The Stone Age.
It comes after the virus fully decimated the worldwide pageant scene in 2020, with Glastonbury shelving its fiftieth anniversary version attributable to it.
“The testing goes so effectively now, there might be huge testing preparations,” he mentioned (by way of GlastoFestFeed).
Eavis’ feedback on mass testing echo those made recently by Reading & Leeds boss Melvin Benn, who told NME last month that he was confident that, in regards to R&L 2021, “we don’t want a vaccination as a result of we are able to work by way of the issue with a extremely good testing regime”.