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‘Best-case scenario’ won’t see vaccine turn the Covid tide until April

The head of England’s biggest NHS hospital trust has said in a “best-case scenario” it could take until April to vaccinate enough people to make a difference against Covid.

Dr David Rosser, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust chief executive, said: “It’s pretty clear vaccination is not going to appear en masse until probably the beginning of February at the earliest.

“It is encouraging, (that) there are signs we might have some vaccine to vaccinate care home residents and the most vulnerable before then.

“But the big truckloads of stuff is not going to come in before February – that seems pretty clear.”

Dr Rosser, speaking on a videocall with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and regional council and health chiefs, said: “You’ve got to have two vaccinations, a month apart, and you’re not fully covered until two weeks after the second vaccination.

“Even if we could magically vaccinate the entire population in the first two weeks of February – which we can’t – it is going to take a minimum of eight weeks.

“You are clearly well into March or April before enough of the population are vaccinated for it to make a difference to the spread.”

Dr Rosser added: “Remember the number of people still dying of this disease.

“500 patients died in the country yesterday.

“There are a lot of days in between now and March – that’s a lot of people who will die.

“A lot of people who won’t get operations if people have to come into hospital.”

He said: “The idea that people are just saying ‘there’s a vaccination coming, let’s go out and party’ is just terrifying from where I am.”

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