COVID surge in Europe shows ‘critical’ need to vaccinate millions still not jabbed in UK, SAGE expert warns

Soaring cases on the continent underline “how quickly things can go wrong”, warns Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – who also says he is “concerned” about waning immunity.

Spiking coronavirus infections across Europe show the “critical” need for people in the UK get vaccinated, a government scientific adviser has told Sky News.

Soaring cases on the continent underlined “how quickly things can go wrong”, said Professor John Edmunds, who pointed out there were still “many millions” across Britain, who were still not fully vaccinated while some had not had
Whitehall sources this weekend played down the immediate need for “Plan B” restrictions, pointing to data published this week showing the protection offered by a booster shot.

Alongside maximising the uptake of third doses, officials hope the lifting of restrictions earlier in the year will mean Britain avoids the winter surges currently being experienced on mainland Europe.Latest official nationwide data shows 88% of people aged 12 and over have received a first dose, 80% a second and 25% the booster shot.

But Prof Edmunds, who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said: “There are still many millions of people here in the UK who have not been fully vaccinated – it’s essential now.

“What you see now particularly in central Europe with this very rapid increase in cases, you see the importance of vaccination, how critical it is that people who need their boosters should come forward as rapidly as possible and get vaccinated.

“Those who are still unvaccinated – and there are many unfortunately out there – should come forward and be vaccinated as rapidly as possible

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