UK Covid LIVE: Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi says three in five Brits have received second jab saving 14,000 lives

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Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said three in five adults in the UK have had both of their covid vaccines.

Speaking at a Downing street press conference to discuss the take up of the jab across the country, he also revealed a third of young people aged between 18 and 24 had received a first jab and praised the huge numbers of young people who have come forward to get the jab.

He also announced a London vaccine summit with mayor Sadiq Khan and top health officials to try and boost uptake of the vaacine which is slightly lower in the capital.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson has faced Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs as speculation grows that Britons who have had both Covid vaccines could enjoy quarantine-free holidays from as early as July 19.

Under plans being discussed by senior ministers formal advice against trips to amber list countries would be dropped – opening up summer breaks in Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the United States, according to the Daily Mail.

It comes as reports say all Covid restrictions–including masks and social distancing–will end on July 19.

The government is expected to confirm on Monday that July 5 is too early to lift restrictions, despite positive data, but the later July date is expected to go ahead. At that time, the requirement to wear facemasks on public transport and in shops will be replaced with guidance advising people to wear masks in certain circumstances. Work from home guidance and social distancing requirements will also be dropped.

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