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Covid-19: PM 'optimistic' restrictions can end by 21 June Covid-19: PM promises review on issues of vaccine passports
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Boris Johnson has said he is "very optimistic" Covid restrictions in England can be lifted on 21 June, but warned "nothing can be guaranteed". Boris Johnson has promised a review into the use of vaccine passports, but said there were "deep and complex issues" to consider.
The government will carry out a review into Covid status certificates or vaccine passports. He said the idea of Covid status certificates - having to show something to go to a pub or the theatre - was a "novelty" for the UK.
Speaking on a visit to a London school, the prime minister said there were "deep and complex issues" to consider.
He said his roadmap for easing lockdown measures, laid out on Monday, was "a cautious but irreversible approach".
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Earlier Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone "has to play their part" in leaving coronavirus rules. The prime minister said he was "very optimistic" Covid restrictions in England can be lifted on 21 June.
But he warned "nothing can be guaranteed", and urged that everyone had to "continue to be prudent".
Earlier Health Secretary Matt Hancock said everyone "has to play their part" in making sure rules were followed, so Covid restrictions can be lifted.
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Mr Johnson said the idea of vaccine certificates - having to show something to go to a pub or the theatre for example - was a "novelty" for the UK. Speaking during a visit to a south London school, Mr Johnson said the UK had "never thought in terms of having something that you have to show to go to a pub or a theatre".
He said there were "ethical issues about the role... for government in mandating… or banning people from doing such a thing. He said there were "ethical issues" about the role of government "in mandating… or banning people from doing such a thing."
"We can't be discriminatory against people who can't have the vaccine, there might be a medical reason, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one - I think that's a mistake." He added: "We can't be discriminatory against people who can't have the vaccine, there might be a medical reason, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one - I think that's a mistake."
But the prime minister said there was time to consider the issue at the same time as the rollout of the vaccine. But the prime minister said it was possible to consider the issue at the same time as the rollout of the vaccine.
Mr Johnson said, because of the vaccine programme, the country could "look at that 21 June date with some optimism". Mr Johnson said his roadmap for easing lockdown measures, laid out on Monday, was "a cautious but irreversible approach".
He said while "some people will say that we're going to be going too fast, some people will say we're going too slow" but he thought the balance of the reopening was right. Due to the vaccine programme, the country could "look at that 21 June date with some optimism".
Mr Johnson said each unlocking, such as children going back to school, would be "adding to the budget of risk", so time was needed between measures to "observe" the impact. He said while "some people will say that we're going to be going too fast, some people will say we're going too slow", but he thought the balance of the reopening was right.
Mr Johnson said each phase of unlocking restrictions - such as children going back to school - would be "adding to the budget of risk".
This is why time was needed between measures to "observe" the impact, he added.
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