PM Johnson is hopeful about fully reopening in June
LONDON (UK) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he was very optimistic that all COVID-19 restrictions in England would come to an end on June 21. He added that the government would conduct a review into the use of vaccine certificates.
“I’m hopeful, but obviously nothing can be guaranteed … I’m very optimistic that we’ll be able to get there,” Johnson told broadcasters when asked about the June 21 date earmarked to end restrictions.
Earlier, health minister Matt Hancock said safety was the priority.
“We’re all absolutely determined to come out of this as fast as safely possible, but no faster,” Hancock said on Sky News.
Johnson also said senior minister Michael Gove would lead a review to thrash out the “scientific, moral, philosophical, ethical” question of vaccine certificates for those who have been vaccinated.
“There are deep and complex issues that we need to explore, ethical issues about what the role is for government in mandating all people to have such a thing,” he said.
“We can’t be discriminatory against people who, for whatever reason, can’t have the vaccine. There might be medical reasons why people can’t have a vaccine … some people may genuinely refuse to have one.”