Faster, PM

WE understand the caution, of course.

The vast death toll. Two massive Covid waves. Three hellish lockdowns.

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Boris Johnson is right to ensure this is the final Covid chapter but his exit plan is too slow

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Boris Johnson is right to ensure this is the final Covid chapter but his exit plan is too slowCredit: Getty Images – Getty

 

Monstrous sums borrowed to keep us afloat. Boris Johnson is rightly desperate to ensure this is the final Covid chapter.

But his exit plan is still too slow. Where is the urgency to reopen our shops, pubs and restaurants, to save businesses and jobs, to reconnect us with our family and friends? These are emergencies too.

We were told the vaccines were the game-changer. That this catastrophe would end once the oldest and most vulnerable were protected.

Now, even that isn’t enough. Why? Because even if millions are almost totally protected against hospitalisation and death, a tiny minority won’t be and a few more will refuse their jabs.

‘IT MAKES NO SENSE’

And Sage’s dubiously apocalyptic “modelling” even forecasts that lifting lockdown in April, once over-50s are safe, would trigger a new wave to match those when almost NO ONE was inoculated. No. It makes no sense to us either.

And yet on this basis we must crawl at a snail’s pace towards a freedom date four long months away.

The Sun will rejoice at each milestone. But progress will be agonising and more cautious than it is almost anywhere else. And that threatens to squander every economic advantage our world-beating rollout should have given us, handing it to competitor nations less risk-averse.

We know Boris is walking a tightrope. He at least accepts we WILL have to live with Covid, that we won’t eliminate it.

What level of risk will he accept? His scientists apparently won’t tolerate any.

Jab chumps

The stunning success of the vaccines, now confirmed by a huge Scottish study, heaps shame on the EU’s reckless, idiotic leaders.

Their citizens were already less keen on jabs than Brits. Since Brussels’ ­campaign to discredit the UK’s Oxford vaccine, many now shun it entirely.

The stunning success of the vaccine is now confirmed by a huge Scottish study

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The stunning success of the vaccine is now confirmed by a huge Scottish studyCredit: Reuters

 

The European Medicines Agency has approved it. But the damage has already been done by President Macron and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen.

Their citizens will die as a result.

It was unforgiveable for statesmen and women to pump out lies like Twitter trolls. And it has proved lethal.

Call of duty

Well done to Prince William for thanking our Jabs Army stalwarts in person.

That, for ex-royals struggling with the concept, is what public service looks like.

Prince William thanked our Jabs Army stalwarts in person

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Prince William thanked our Jabs Army stalwarts in personCredit: AFP or licensors

It was good, too, to hear Wills’ verdict that his grandad Prince Philip is doing “OK” in hospital.

Neither of them ever had trouble grasping the trade-off for a life of privilege: unstinting dedication to duty.

Others, sadly, have such self-regard that they think they are doing the world a favour merely by getting out of bed.

Prince William tells Sun photographer Arthur Edwards that his grandfather Prince Philip is doing OK after being taken to hospital

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