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|Covid: Second vaccine doses to be sped up over variant concerns |
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|Surge testing is taking place in 15 areas across England, including in Bolton||Surge testing is taking place in 15 areas across England, including in Bolton|
Second vaccine doses for the over-50s and clinically vulnerable will be accelerated amid concerns over the Indian variant, Boris Johnson has said.
There will be only eight weeks between doses, rather than 12 weeks, the prime minister told a No 10 briefing.
Mr Johnson said if the Indian variant was found to be "significantly" more transmissible "we are likely to face some hard choices".
It could pose "significant disruption" to lockdown easing on 21 June, he said.
Cases of the Indian Covid variant have more than doubled in the past week, figures from Public Health England show.
|Surge testing is already taking place in 15 areas across England, including Bolton, Blackburn, London, Sefton and Nottingham.||Surge testing is already taking place in 15 areas across England, including Bolton, Blackburn, London, Sefton and Nottingham.|