New data shows Covid booster jabs are needed now, says Jeremy Hunt

New data shows that Covid-19 booster vaccinations are now needed – and Britain needs to move on with triple stinging the population – said Jeremy Hunt.

The former health minister, now chair of the special committee on health and social affairs, took to Twitter to provide an update on the pandemic – and to urge Britain to follow Israel’s lead.

On a series of tweets, Mr Hunt said, “We were gone but the virus stayed… a thread about where we are today with Covid.

“Overall, the picture is not as sunny as the weather in Scotland. The headline data from Israel – where 80% of adults are twice as high as here – is worrying.

“Yesterday they had the highest number of new cases ever daily.

“The cases there have been increasing since July, so the government responded with an aggressive booster program, prescribed masks and vaccinated teenagers.

“Some are not convinced that even that is enough to control the Delta variant.

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“BUT … the third dose campaign clearly works. Two weeks after its start, there was a sharp decline in the growth rate of critically ill patients.

“The clear lesson for the UK seems to be… to move forward with booster vaccinations, not just for the clinically at risk, but for everyone. The latest Zoe study showed that the vaccine’s effectiveness wears off after six months, so why are we hanging around?

“Hopefully Sajid Javid will say more about that in Parliament next week.”

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