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Social distancing is likely to remain “part of people’s response” to Covid-19 for as long as the virus persists, Mark Drakeford has said.
The Welsh first minister told a press conference in Cardiff:
I think that social distancing remains one of the strongest defences that we have against the risks that the virus continues to pose.
I’m not certain myself that there is a huge thirst for people to give up some of the safeguards that we are all able to contribute in the way that we behave in our lives.
I think they will remain part of the repertoire, here in Wales, during the rest of the summer, maybe into the rest of this year.
Wales’s first minister Mark Drakeford has said it is “very good news” that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in 12 to 15-year-olds.
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It’s not the end of the journey because now the JCVI has to consider that and we will follow the JCVI’s advice as we have throughout.
If the JCVI does recommend that we go ahead and vaccinate young people in that age group, then we have already been in conversation with the sector about the best way that we can do that.