Britain hits 50MILLION vaccines landmark

Britain has now dished out more than 50million Covid vaccines, according to official figures.

NHS England bosses today posted another 210,000 jabs, meaning 34.6million people across the UK have had one and 15.4million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated. 

Department of Health chiefs have yet to provide the final figures for the entirety of the UK. The roll-out began last December. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the 'massive' achievement, saying: 'These jabs are saving lives and helping us get back to normal. Thank you to everyone who has played their part in our national effort. When you get the call, get the jab.

'I want to pay tribute to everybody involved in this huge achievement – the NHS, armed forces, volunteers, councils, scientists & the British public. A huge national effort.'

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Despite the success of the vaccination roll-out coming alongside falling cases and deaths, ministers won't budge on speeding up lockdown-easing plans in England. Foreign holidays and being allowed in pubs are two measures that are meant to be on the cards for May 17.

Boris Johnson today poured cold water on holiday hopes, warning putting lots of countries on the travel 'green list' could risk an 'influx of disease'. His comments came hours after the EU unveiled plans to let vaccinated Brits in for summer trips.

The Prime Minister insisted the government will be 'cautious' amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over how far to loosen the border restrictions this month. Mr Hancock and chief medical officer Chris Whitty are said to be among those pushing for quarantine-free states to be kept to an absolute minimum. 

On a pre-election visit to Hartlepool this afternoon, Mr Johnson also claimed there is a 'good chance' that current social distancing rules will be scrapped on June 21 – touted as England's independence day.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab yesterday hinted masks and social distancing measures would be needed beyond June 21. But the PM today said he hopes it will be possible to axe the existing one-metre plus rule when the nation reaches the final step in his lockdown exit roadmap.

His comments came as hospitality bosses said a return to unrestricted trading is 'critical' and will mean that pubs, bars and restaurants can 'come off life support'. Ditching the one-metre plus rule will allow hospitality venues as well as places like theatres to open at full capacity for the first time in more than a year.  

Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the 'massive' achievement, saying: 'These jabs are saving lives and helping us get back to normal'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the 'massive' achievement, saying: 'These jabs are saving lives and helping us get back to normal'

Boris Johnson pours cold water on holidays hope warning a big quarantine-free 'green list' from May 17 could spark 'influx of disease'

Boris Johnson today poured cold water on holidays hopes, warning putting lots of countries on the travel 'green list' from May 17 could risk an 'influx of disease'.

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The PM insisted the government will be 'cautious' amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over how far to loosen the border restrictions this month.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and chief medical officer Chris Whitty are said to be among those pushing for quarantine-free states to be kept to an absolute minimum.

But other senior figures are urging a looser approach, insisting that with the outbreak under control in the UK and vaccines making strong progress the government has no right to keep curbing freedoms.

Mr Johnson suggested he is siding with the dovish camp on a pre-election visit to Hartlepool this afternoon.

'We do want to do some opening up on May 17 but I don't think that the people of this country want to see an influx of

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