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UK says on vaccine: we're not there yet, eyes first half of 2021

FILE PHOTO: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks in the House of Commons Chamber about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, October 15, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS.

LONDON (Reuters) - British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday that a vaccine to tackle COVID-19 was “not there yet” but the government was getting ready to roll out it, with a central expectation for the first half of 2021.

“On my central expectation, I would expect the bulk of the roll out to be in the first half of next year,” he said. Asked if some people could receive a vaccine this year he replied: “I don’t rule that out but that is not my central expectation.”

“We want to be ready in case everything goes perfectly but it’s not my central expectation that we’ll be doing that this year but the programme is progressing well, we’re not there yet.”

Reporting by Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge

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