The Prime Minister delivered a positive update to lockdown-weary Britons as he spoke at the Scottish Conservative conference today. At the virtual summit, Mr Johnson heaped praise onto the NHS, the vaccination programme and the togetherness shown by people across all corners of the UK.
He said: “In the coming months we will beat Covid – we will vaccinate everyone in our country and we will be able to remove restrictions.
“In the not-too-distant future, we will be able to reopen businesses, see friends in each other’s houses and hold our loved ones again.”
A roadmap out of lockdown in England was announced by Mr Johnson last month, where he outlined a plan to remove all restrictions by June 21.
More than 22.5 million people in the UK have been given their first coronavirus vaccine dose.
He also pledged to offer a jab to every UK adult by the end of July.
Mr Johnson said: “We are resolved to keep that pace and accelerate it wherever possible, so that every single adult across the entire UK will have received their first injection by the end of July.”
Ahead of the anniversary of the first lockdown on March 23, the Prime Minister thanked NHS staff for their work and also hailed the “organisational might” of the Armed Forces.
The military has helped to establish 80 vaccination centres in Scotland and Mr Johnson said the personnel have “been at the sharp end administering those vaccines in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow”.
Mr Johnson also stressed it was “work on behalf of the whole of the United Kingdom that secured our access to more than 400 million doses of seven vaccines, that are being distributed across our country”.
Under England’s roadmap out of lockdown, groups of six people or two households are set to be able to meet outdoors from March 29.
Non-essential retail and beer gardens are poised to reopen on April 12.
By May 17, two households or groups of up to six people may be allowed to mix indoors and crowds of up to 10,000 in the largest venues will be allowed at performances and sporting events.
All restrictions are pencilled-in to expire on June 21, but the Government say decisions will be guided by the data.