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Europe's third COVID-19 wave could hit Britain, warns PM Johnson

Europe's third COVID-19 wave could hit Britain, warns PM Johnson

FILE PHOTO: A person wearing a protective face mask walks past the window display of a travel agent, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the third wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping across Europe could be heading towards Britain.

"Previous experience has taught us that when a wave hits our friends, it, I'm afraid, washes up on our shores as well and I expect that we will feel those effects in due course," Johnson told reporters on Monday (Mar 22).

Asked about the risk to Britain's vaccine programme from European Union threats to ban exports of the vaccine to the UK, Johnson said he did not think that that would happen.

READ: UK sets new daily COVID-19 vaccination record in 'mammoth team effort'

"I'm reassured by talking to EU partners over the last few months, they don't want to see blockades, I think that's very very important," the prime minister said.

Britain would be continuing with its vaccination programme, he said, confirming that the plan to ease restrictions in line with the roadmap was on track.

More than 27.6 million people in Britain, well over half the adult population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, official data showed on Sunday.

"This mammoth team effort shows the best of Britain," Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted, 

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Source: Reuters

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