Hancock grilled by Niall Paterson on lockdown ‘timescale’
The Health Secretary had to explain the timings set to lift the latest coronavirus lockdown measures but was unable to provide an exact date, saying it was simply “impossible to know.” It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson comes under pressure from backbench Conservative MPs to announce the relaxing of the lockdown rules on March 8. Sky News host Niall Patterson told Mr Hancock: “Many of your colleagues are looking towards March 8 as the point at which we begin to see restrictions being relaxed. That’s not going to happen is it?”
Mr Hancock replied: “It is impossible to know. We will keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than they are necessary, but we will keep them in place as long as they are necessary.
“On the timing of that, we are on track to deliver this vaccination programme because that is the best way to control this virus.”
Host Niall Paterson that asked the Health Secretary to clarify if the Government was still on track to meet its own vaccination deadline set for February 15.
In reponse, Mr Hancock insisted “we’re on track to deliver the vaccination programme to the four groups who are most vulnerable by 15 February.”
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