Professor Ferguson, a former SAGE member and infectious disease modeller, said England could face “quite substantial transmission going into the autumn and coming up to the winter.” Prof Ferguson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Covid infections continue to be “quite high, sitting at around 30,000 every day.”
He has suggested a possible “large wave of infection” could see hospital admissions exceeding 1,000 a day, but added that it is “unlikely” deaths would reach the same levels as at the beginning of 2021.
In January, more than 1,000 people died of Covid on average every day in the UK.
It marked one year since the UK recorded its first Covid death – on January 30, 2020.
The British Medical Association has warned he situation with coronavirus remains “very precarious” and people should stay alert despite self-isolation rules being eased for the fully vaccinated.
Dr June Raine, MHRA chief executive, said: “I am pleased to confirm that that the COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna has now been authorised in 12 to 17-year-olds.
“It is for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to advise on whether this age group should be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna as part of the deployment programme.”
All teenagers aged between 16 and 17 will be offered a vaccine in the UK by August 23.