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Brits urged not to hand deliver Christmas cards as they ‘could spread Covid’
November 10, 2020
Festive Brits should not hand deliver Christmas cards this year in case they spread the killer virus, Covid, Welsh leader Marj Drakeford has urged the public.
He warned not to go door-to-door spreading Christmas cheers due to the pandemic, which is still affecting millions of lives every day.
The stark warning came after the leaders of all four UK nations pledged to work together to prepare a plan to save Christmas.
He said yesterday: “I probably will deliver fewer cards by hand this year because the more we get about, the more we meet people, the more the risks are.”
However, Brits are still waiting to hear if they'd be able to travel to different parts of the country to visit their family during the festivities.
Downing Street hopes England's lockdown will help reduce coronavirus rates to salvage the big day.
Wales came out of a firebreak lockdown yesterday, meaning shops and pubs reopened again after a 17-day closure.
Children can return to school and people can travel inside the country again.
It emerged today that Pfizer's Covid vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting the virus, Boris Johnson announced in a press conference.
Hailing the good news, Mr Drakeford said: “It is good news, of course, if any of the vaccines in trial are making progress.
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“I think you’d always want to read carefully what a particular competitor in this field says on their own behalf and I’m not going to be tempted to suggest that this somehow means there is a magic bullet on the horizon and coronavirus is about to disappear out of our lives.
“We will want to see the nature of any vaccine, how much protection it offers people for how long.
“But of course any vaccine that is emerging strongly from trials is to be welcomed because it will offer some new possibilities in the future.”
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Asked if it could bring normality by the spring, Professor John Bell of Oxford University said: "Yes, yes yes. I'm probably the first guy to say that but I will say that with some confidence."
The PM's spokesperson said: "The results are promising.
"While we are optimistic of a breakthrough, we must remember there are no guarantees.
"We will know whether the vaccine is both safe and effective when the safety data has been published. Only then can authorities consider making it available to the public.
"In the meanwhile the NHS stands ready to begin a vaccine programme for those most at risk once a vaccine is available, before being rolled out more widely."