Coronavirus vaccines are running in the UK, which Matt Hancock described as “light at the end of the tunnel”.
About four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, enough for 20 million people.
But when things start to return to “normal”, can we stop wearing masks and what does that mean for the level system?
When will we ‘return to normal’?
Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said the decision on when coronavirus bans would begin to ease was both political and social.
Asked by MPs on Wednesday, Dec e December, if the vaccine rollout could mean easing restrictions, Mr Whitty said vaccinations would start reducing mortality and hospital admissions in the UK.
But he added: “At a certain level, society, through political leaders, through elected ministers and through parliament, will say that this level of risk is a level that we think is appropriate to tolerate.”
Then, it will have to decide whether the risk is “low enough” to “keep away the most stringent (restrictions) we must deal with,” he added.
He stressed that it would be “growing” and that the ban would not be lifted once in a while.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock had previously suggested that the country would begin to become “normal” after Easter.
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