British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his New Year speech promised that in 2021 the kingdom will have the opportunity to become a scientific superpower. This was reported by TASS.
Johnson said that “newfound freedom” after the withdrawal of the kingdom from the European Union gives the country an opportunity to “make every effort to become a scientific superpower”. He said Britain, together with international partners, would create “millions of jobs for highly skilled specialists”. The prime minister also said he hoped that in 2021 the British would be able to return to normal life, going to entertainment venues and meeting with relatives, thanks to mass vaccination. According to him, “with every vaccination given, humanity’s chances of winning the fight against the coronavirus increase.”
On December 2, the United Kingdom approved a coronavirus vaccine jointly produced by the U.S. company Pfizer and the German company BioNTech. The European Union approved its use later, on December 21. In addition, the U.K. was the first in the world to approve a vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Dec. 30.
A dangerous mutation of the coronavirus was first discovered in Great Britain in September and began to spread actively in December. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new strain could be 70 percent more contagious. The new type of coronavirus has now been detected in at least 17 countries other than Britain. More than 50 countries have closed air links with the kingdom.