Boris Johnson: U.K. Has Done a ‘Huge Amount To Vaccine The World

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the U.K. has done a “huge amount to vaccine the world” despite the spread of the new Omicron variant in countries he says suffer from “hesitancy and lack of take-up.”

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to combat the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, which he said can spread rapidly and affect those who are double vaccinated.

The announcement of travel restrictions and the return of mask requirements in retail stores and on public transport came hours after his government confirmed two cases of the new Covid-19 strain in the U.K., detected in people returning from southern Africa.

The U.K. will now require anyone entering the country to take a PCR test within two days of arrival and self isolate until they receive confirmation of a negative result, Johnson said at a press conference. Anyone who comes into close contact with someone who tests positive for the variant will have to self isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccine status, he said. Face masks will be required to enter businesses and on public transportation, though the mandate won’t apply to pubs and other hospitality venues.

Omicron “might — at least in part — reduce the protection of our vaccines over time,” Johnson said. “So, we need to take targeted and proportionate measures now as a precaution while we find out more.”

Johnson and other health officials leaned on the country’s strong vaccination program — including an expansion of booster shots — as the main defense against the new variants. The U.K. has had one of the world’s most successful vaccine campaigns, with more than 80% of people over the age of 12 having received both shots. Some 17 million people have received a booster, almost 30% of those over 12.

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