Boris Johnson: UK has twice as many Covid boosters jabs than EU

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Samantha Haynes

By Samantha Haynes

Published: 15/12/2021

- 17:21

Updated: 15/12/2021

- 17:24

The PM has held a press conference from Downing Street, after 78,610 new Covid cases have been recorded in a day.

Boris Johnson has said it is “absolutely vital” that everyone gets a booster jab to tackle the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Speaking at a press conference from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: “The wave on Omicron continues to roll in across the whole of the United Kingdom.”

He warned that in some areas the doubling rate was now under two days.

Mr Johnson said: “I’m afraid we’re also seeing the inevitable increase in hospitalisations up by 10% nationally, week on week, and up by almost a third in London.”

He said there were also “signs of hopes” and a “great national fightback has begun”.

He added: “People have responded with an amazing spirit of duty and obligation to others and I want to say that each and every one of you who rolls up your sleeve to get jabbed is helping this national effort.”

Boris Johnson said hospital admissions in older people are coming down where booster jabs have already been administered.

He said: “While hospital admissions are going up nationwide, we’re starting to see admissions coming down among some of the more vulnerable older age groups where we’ve already got those boosters in arms.”

He added: “The pace of rollout across the four nations is such that the UK as a whole now has twice as many boosters per head as the EU, and more than twice as many as the United States.”

The UK has recorded the highest daily total of lab-confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as the Omicron variant spreads.

Official figures published after UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) chief executive Dr Jenny Harries warned the strain is “probably the most significant threat” since the start of the pandemic showed there had been 78,610 new cases recorded as of 9am on Wednesday.

It is the highest figure announced since mass testing began in summer last year, and surpasses the previous record of January 8 when 68,053 new cases were reported.

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