UK on track for COVID-19 'herd immunity' imminently as vaccines offer hope

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Published on 8 Apr 2021, 12:00
Britain will achieve herd immunity from coronavirus next Monday according to new modelling, offering scientists hope the pandemic will finally come to an end in the UK.

Research by University College London shows 73.4% of the population will have immunity from the virus by 12th April. Much of this is down to Britain’s vaccine success, which has seen over 60% of the adult population inoculated so far. Those who have previously had the virus are also protected, meaning herd immunity could be met soon. However other models suggest just one third of the population are protected against the virus as the effect of vaccines can take weeks to make an impact. Herd immunity would effectively mean the end of the pandemic in Britain as enough of the population are protected against the virus for it to spread out of control.

Deaths from coronavirus have fallen in the UK by 50% in the last month, with 45 being reported on Wednesday.

The news comes as Britain begins to roll out the Moderna vaccine for the first time, on top of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs already being given out. Government ministers say they are on track to meet their target of all adults being offered a vaccine by the end of July, whilst most coronavirus restrictions are due to be rolled back by 21st June.

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