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Covid panic: Boris calls vaccine superwoman back to lead jabs 'This is how serious it is!'

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Boris Johnson has called the former head of the vaccine programme, Emily Lawson, back from her new job at No10 to take charge of the booster vaccination programme this winter. 

This comes as UK Covid cases top more than 50,000 for the first time in three months.

The Prime Minister urged those who become eligible for a third dose of vaccine to organise an appointment straight away.

On Thursday, the UK recorded 52,009 new Covid cases and 115 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

But despite the rising cases, the Prime Minister has reassured the public that the government is “continuing with its plan”, saying that things are much better now than a year ago.

He said that this is largely thanks to the rollout of the vaccine, which has weakened the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

The last time UK Covid cases rose above 50,000 was on 17 July 2021, which came several weeks after hospitality resumed and more households could mix together.

Doctors are demanding ministers trigger England’s “Plan B” – which would reimpose rules such as mandatory face masks and working from home advice.

Dr Lawson won a reputation as one of the NHS’s most impressive bosses after she oversaw NHS England’s vaccine deployment programme from November to August last year.

Under her leadership, the UK’s vaccination rate over summer outstripped that of EU countries, with more than a million jab appointments booked each day in June.

Sir Simon Stevens, former chief executive of the NHS, said the programme should be a model for how the service is run.

Dr Lawson spent the summer working in a newly formed policy delivery unit in 10 Downing Street, aimed to improve policy implementation.

More to follow. 



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