The Indian Covid variant could pose a threat to England’s roadmap out of lockdown, Boris Johnson warned, as he announced that second vaccinations for the over-50s would be accelerated to combat its spread. ‘The race between our vaccination programme and the virus may be about to become a great deal tighter,’ the prime minister said. While he insisted the planned easing of restrictions on 17 May would go ahead as planned, Johnson said, ‘This new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress’



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