A minister has insisted the Government is not moving slowly to act on the concerning new variant identified in Brazil, saying they are "monitoring it very closely" and "practical measures" were being worked out.
Boris Johnson is expected to confirm new restrictions on travellers arriving from Brazil and other countries following a meeting of the Government's key "Covid-O" committee this afternoon. Yesterday he struggled to define what specific action was being taken to prevent the new variant being imported into the UK.
Last night Sir Patrick Vallance told ITV's Robert Peston "we don’t know for sure" if the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines will work on the Brazilian and South African strains.
But Home Office minister Victoria Atkins insisted they were not moving slowly, telling Sky News: "What we need to ensure is that when we make these very, very important decisions that have a huge impact on people's personal lives, but also businesses, we have got to have a little bit of time to let that bed in.
"The Prime Minister was clear that measure will be taken, we have acted decisively in the past with both the Denmark and South African variants, so I wouldn't want to speculate further at this stage."
She added: "There is a very delicate balancing act between controlling the virus but also making sure we are not putting too much burden on the economy."
Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/01/14/boris-johnson-news-covid-variant-lockdown-rules-school-meals/
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