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Johnson says will rely on testing if vaccine success is limited

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement on the current statistics, testing and lockdown measures during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, during a news conference at Downing Street in London, Britain November 5, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would rely on testing and better therapeutics and medicines to deal with COVID-19 if vaccines in development have only a limited success in tackling the virus spread.

“If you talk to the scientists, they say ... they believe things will start naturally to improve in the spring for a variety of other reasons such as the natural rhythm of these viruses and the improvement in weather conditions, which will mitigate against the spread of the virus,” Johnson told a media conference.

“The real progress we are going to see is with science.”

Reporting by Michael Holden and Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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