Matt Hancock tells Brits life ‘will start to get back to normal’ after Easter

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that "sometime after Easter things will start to get back to normal".

It comes after the UK secured 100 million doses of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine as testing proved the jab to be up to 90% effective.

The government wants to distribute the vaccine before Christmas, with the bulk of the rollout set for the start of the new year.

Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “We hope to be able to start vaccinating next month.

“The bulk of the vaccine rollout programme will be in January, February, March.

“And we hope that sometime after Easter things will be able to start to get back to normal.”

The vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is being developed with the help of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and it is hoped four million doses will be rolled out before the end of the year.

More than 20,000 volunteers have been tested and during one course of dosing, where people were given a half dose followed by a full measure at least a month after, there was a success rate of around 90%.

When two full doses were given at least a month apart, the success rate of the Oxford inoculation dropped to 62%.

  • UK secures 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine that is up to 90% effective

The UK's order will be enough to immunise 50 million people – two doses per person – meaning it will almost be enough to vaccinate the entire nation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "Incredibly exciting news the Oxford vaccine trial has proved effective. There are still further safety checks ahead, but these are fantastic results.

"Well done to our brilliant scientists at @UniofOxford &@AstraZeneca, and all who volunteered in the trials."

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The current lockdown in England will end on December 2, with Johnson set to introduce a tougher series of tier restrictions.

The PM will be presenting his roadmap out of lockdown to his Cabinet ahead of formally addressing Parliament on November 23, reports claim.

A source told the Daily Mail: "Businesses such as gyms, beauty salons are dying to open and have made themselves Covid safe.

"People want to get their nails done before Christmas – it's a huge season for these businesses."

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