PM to address nation on Monday after hailing ‘significant vaccine milestone’
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Boris Johnson will address the nation after the Government hit its target of offering 15 million vulnerable Brits their first Covid jab.
The Prime Minister is set to give a No 10 press conference on Monday night after hailing the "significant milestone".
But he could face awkward questions after risking US President Joe Biden's anger in comments made on US TV today.
In a video message, Johnson confirmed the February 15 vaccine target was reached, and that England had also hit its target of offering a jab to those in the top four priority groups most at risk from Covid-19.
He said that the country had “achieved an extraordinary feat”, adding: “It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort. We have done it together.”
He and his advisers are now set to begin plotting a path out of the latest coronavirus lockdown after meeting the goal, the Mirror reports.
He will outline an exit plan on February 22, with schools expected to reopen from March 8 with hopes rules on outdoor picnics could be eased from around March 8.
Restrictions on sports such as tennis and golf, where social distancing is easier, could be eased in April, it is reported.
Johnson reportedly doesn’t want to celebrate too early as many Brits are still waiting to receive their jabs, The Telegraph reports.
"The PM does not want any celebration, very much business as usual,” a source told the paper.
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He also described former US president Donald Trump impeachment trial as a "kerfuffle" in a TV interview on Sunday.
Asked what signal the acquittal of a president who stoked such violence while casting doubt on a free election would send to the rest of the world, he told CBS’s Face the Nation: “The clear message that we get from the proceedings in America is that after all the toings and froings and all the kerfuffle, American democracy is strong and the American constitution is strong and robust.”
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Trump's successor Biden said after a Senate vote did not reach the two-thirds majority to convict Trump on Saturday: “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile.”
He added democracy “must always be defended”, and that: “We must be ever vigilant … each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
Five people in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol after then president Trump told his supporters to “fight like hell” in his attempt to overturn election defeat.
Johnson previously condemned the Capitol attack.
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