TOO often over the past year we have been glued to the TV for the Prime Minister’s doom-laden special broadcasts, dreading the announcement of new restrictions.
Not today. Today Boris Johnson is all smiles and we can celebrate smashing the target for vaccinating 15million of the most vulnerable, thanks to our wonderful scientists, health workers and military, not to mention The Sun’s Jabs Army of volunteers.
Today we can see Covid cases down 80 per cent since the New Year.
These are massive steps towards a brighter future, but we are hungry for more.
What we crave now are details of how we will get our lives back; how our children will go back to school; how shops, pubs and restaurants will reopen; how we will be able to meet up with family and friends once more.
Ministers, still cautious, will pore over more data this week before announcing the roadmap out of lockdown.
Now that will be a press conference we can all look forward to.
Ticket to divide
DOMINIC Raab has mooted vaccine passports as a way to let immunised Brits lead a normal life, and not just for foreign holidays but maybe even to go to the pub.
We’re happy to hear any ideas for easing restrictions as soon as possible, but while the Foreign Secretary’s idea could mean freedom for many, it could close doors for others.
Any passport system that disadvantages young people just because they happen to be at the back of the queue for vaccinations would be unacceptable.
They have already been penalised enough.
A RETURN to school cannot come soon enough, not least for millions of parents juggling work and home-teaching.
But simply getting kids back to class will not be the end of the matter.
Schools catch-up czar Sir Kevan Collins warns it will take years of extra tuition for pupils to recover from nearly a year of lost classroom time.
Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield has spoken of a “war effort” needed to help the Covid generation.
The Government has had to find billions to keep the country running. It will count for little if we skimp on kids’ futures.
OAP who dares
SPECIAL Forces hero John Morris put his life on the line for his country in World War Two.
Now the 98-year-old needs our help to return to Blighty and to see out his days with his fellow veterans.
Let’s make his final mission possible.
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