A senior government medical official said the public should take the COVID-19 vaccine when they are offered it if they want to see an end to social distancing.

Professor Jonathan Van Tam is Deputy Medical Director At a press conference in Downing Street That while people were “tired” of continuing Corona Virus The measures, “low absorption” of stabs designed to protect them, “will almost certainly make the restrictions last longer.”

His comments came after the United Kingdom became the first country to approve the use of Pfizer / BioNTech Vaccine The offering starts next week after being signed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Professor Van Tam admitted during the briefing that he had become “emotional” when he heard of the independent regulator’s decision Wednesday morning, but also arrived on stage with some candid banter to calm expectations that the pandemic may soon end.

He said: “Do I think there will come a big moment when we have a huge party and throw our masks and hand sanitizer and say:” That’s all, he left us, “like the end of the war?

“I think the kind of habits that we learned from … It might last for many years, and that might be a good thing if they did.”

This prediction appears almost out of proportion to the prime minister to his left, who said: “And perhaps … on the other hand, we might want to return to life in much the same measure.”

Professor Van Tam later admitted that Boris Johnson “took me on this occasion,” saying, “It’s okay because it gives me a chance to explain what I mean here.”

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“I don’t think the government will continue to recommend social distancing, masks, and hand sanitizer forever and one day. I hope we return to a more normal world.”

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But for the world to get to this point, he said people should embrace an arrival Covid-19 Vaccines.

“Nobody wants the lockdowns to see the damage they cause,” he said.

“But if you want that dream to come true as quickly as it can come true, you have to take the vaccine when it is offered to you. And the reduced intake will certainly make the restrictions last longer.”

His appeal was noteworthy given an earlier YouGov poll found that one in five Britons lacked confidence that the newly approved vaccine was safe.

A quick survey shows that 27% say they are very confident that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is safe and 43% are completely confident that it is safe, but 11% are not completely confident and 9% are not at all confident.

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Professor Van Tam also returned to the analogy of a long-haul train, saying that he had withdrawn to the station and was ready to start accepting passengers to take them to their destination – after receiving a jab.

However, he urged extra caution, adding that people should continue to be patient and follow social distancing guidelines until told otherwise.

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He said, “We have to be realistic about how long this will take – it will take months, not weeks. Then this vaccine has to work against headwinds to come back before the match. That will make it harder.”

Professor Van Tam also said he believes the virus will “stay with humanity forever” and that it may never be eliminated, even though it lives as a seasonal disease like influenza, rather than a global pandemic.