British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was feeling well after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. He will continue to run the government remotely while he self-isolates for two weeks in Downing Street.
“The good news is that NHS Test and Trace is working ever more efficiently,” he said.
'Fit as a Butcher’s Dog'He said he felt “great,” was “fit as a butcher's dog” and “bursting with antibodies,” but would “follow the rules” and self-isolate for 14 days.
He confirmed he would have “plenty more to say in the course of the next few days … by Zoom and other means of electronic communication”.
The person Johnson had been in contact with was Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, who attended a 35-minute meeting with the prime minister on Thursday and had since tested positive for the virus.
This is Johnson’s second brush with the CCP virus.
“I’ve absolutely no doubt that the prime minister will be able to drive the agenda forward,” Hancock said.
Vaccine HopesCiting the “tens of millions” of rapid turn-around tests Britain had, and a possible vaccine on the way, Johnson said the country had “two gigantic boxing gloves with which to wallop our foe into submission”.
He said he hopes to start distributing a vaccine “to those who really need it perhaps even before Christmas” and added that he was “absolutely confident” of beating the virus.
The concerns came after hopes were raised when results recently released by New York-based Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech showed that a vaccine candidate was strongly effective in a large phase 3 study.
British ministers then promised last week that there will be no disruption to the vaccine’s supply when it becomes available if there ends up being a no-deal Brexit from the EU.