Boris Johnson warned that the population is in for a “bumpy” lead-up to Christmas in the ongoing fight against coronavirus.
However, he also gave hope of “vaccine progress” in the weeks to come.
What did Boris Johnson say about coronavirus?
Mr Johnson appeared on The Andrew Marr Show this morning (Sunday October 4) to talk about the current situation.
“This is going to be bumpy through to Christmas,” he stated.
“It may even be bumpy beyond but this is the only way to do it,” he continued, talking about regional lockdowns.
“It is still very possible that there are bumpy, bumpy days ahead.”
He continued: “It could be a very tough winter for all of us but by the spring, things will be radically different and we’ll be in a different world.
“There are different treatments now available that weren’t a few months ago and that’s changed the equation.”
How did Boris Johnson give the population hope?
Mr Johnson’s warning of a bumpy period in the lead-up to Christmas comes after the UK recorded more than 10,000 cases of coronavirus for the first time yesterday (Saturday October 4).
However, despite the surge in cases, he offered some hope.
“In the course of the next few weeks the scientific equation will change,” he said.
We’ll start to see progress on vaccines and testing that will allow us to change the way we do things.
“We’ll start to see progress on vaccines and testing that will allow us to change the way we do things.”
He continued: “There are different treatments now available that weren’t a few months ago and that’s changed the equation.”
What’s the latest on a coronavirus vaccine?
Mr Johnson’s comments came after news suggested that a mass roll-out of a vaccine could happen “within three months”.
The AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine is said to be in a ‘real-time review’ by the European Medical Agency.
A source told The Times newspaper: “We are looking at closer to six months and it is likely to be far shorter than that.”
The report claims that the roll-out would call upon all medical professionals – including physiotherapists and midwives – to help administer the vaccine.
Additionally, drive-through jab centres could be set-up to help.