UK says: Most people won't be vaccinated against COVID-19 until 2021

FILE PHOTO: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks in the House of Commons Chamber about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, October 15, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health minister said on Monday that even if progress with the COVID-19 vaccine is made as quickly as possible, the majority of people in the UK will not be vaccinated until next year.

“Even if that comes through as fast as it possibly could, the vast majority of people will be, we’d expect, to be vaccinating in the new year,” Health Minister Matt Hancock told Sky News.

He said the government was working hard to be able to roll-out the vaccine when it becomes available, adding that across Britain the different administrations hoped to agree a set of rules so that people could meet at Christmas.

“We’re absolutely working to make Christmas as normal as possible,” he said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; writing by Sarah Young