UK PM Johnson says still too early to say on June 21 lockdown end

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People walk through Hyde Park, as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions ease in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was too early to say if England's lockdown can end on June 21 as data on whether the vaccine rollout offers enough protection from the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant is still being assessed.

"On Monday... we'll have a look at where we are. I think what everybody can see very clearly is that cases are going up, and in some cases hospitalisations are going up," Johnson said on Wednesday.

"What we need to assess is the extent to which the vaccine rollout, which has been phenomenal, has built up protection in the population in order for us to go ahead to the next stage. And so that's what we'll be looking at."

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by James Davey)

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