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An indecisive Boris Johnson is caught between scientists and lockdown-sceptics

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19.02.2021

Boris Johnson is in a strange position. For the first time in the pandemic, the Prime Minister is ahead of things on Covid-19. The success of the vaccination programme means that the UK is, at last a world leader for something positive on coronavirus.

For once, the public debate isn’t about missed government targets. Instead, it’s about whether ministers will exceed their own deadlines – with the latest plan to vaccinate everyone over 50 before the end of April being viewed as positively unambitious.

But for all the good news about vaccines, the mood in Downing Street is rather muted. As officials and ministers work on the road map to ease the UK out of lockdown, the overriding message is one of caution. Aides are keen to downplay expectations and point to the long road ahead. “It’s still very early days,” say one staffer.

This is because they know that whatever Johnson announces at the despatch box on Monday, a portion of his audience will be left disappointed. Vaccine success has brought Johnson options – options that divide opinion. As the work on the road map continues into the weekend, various factions will attempt to push the Prime Minister in opposite directions. Rather than make things simple, the vaccination roll-out has opened up a whole new debate on how exactly to learn to live with the virus.

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