Covid: UK failed to heed the virus alerts, says vaccine creator

Poll support grows for government’s action as Johnson to announce that Britain is on course to hit 15 million inoculation target

Boris Johnson’s plan to hail a huge milestone in the fight against Covid-19 – when 15 million people have been inoculated – has been dampened today as a leading scientist behind developing the vaccine says the UK repeatedly failed to heed early warnings about the virus.

The prime minister made clear he is confident of meeting the 15 million target by Monday, an achievement he hopes will represent a turning point for a government that has been buffeted by months of criticism for its shambolic early response to the pandemic.

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