Covid-19: UK could be first to go from pandemic to endemic, says Nadhim Zahawi

Zahawi, who is the former Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, hailed the government’s decision to lift restrictions in the summer as a success.

He told LBC: “Our four-step plan meant that we were able to open up the economy in the summer. Some said it was a mistake – I think it was absolutely the right thing to do.

“We will probably, I hope, without being complacent, be the first major economy in the world to demonstrate how you transition (from) pandemic to endemic using vaccines.”

A pandemic is declared when a disease grows rapidly across a wide area, affecting several countries and populations.

In contrast, an endemic is an outbreak that is consistently present but limited to a particular region, making the spread of the disease more predictable and easier to contain.

Covid-19 rates have also skyrocketed in other European countries including Belgium and Germany.

Mr Zahawi also spoke out amid reports that schools are being targeted by anti-vaccination protestors.

He said: “I have spoken to the Home Secretary about this and she has reassured me that the police have all the resources they need to deal with this.

“The anti-vaxx protesters should not be going anywhere near a school or a pupil or a parent or a teacher. If they do, the police will and can take action against them.


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