Coronavirus live news: Merkel says vaccine patent waiver ‘not the solution’; UK ‘to be protected by summer’

By Edna Mohamed (now) and Damien Gayle Jedidajah Otte (earlier)

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Coronavirus will not be circulating in the UK by August, the outgoing chief of the country’s vaccine rollout has claimed.

Dr Clive Dix, who led the programme from December until he stepped down last week, said he believed the UK population would be protected from the virus and its known variants by the summer.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Dr Dix said the UK was on track to meet its target of administering at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to all adults by the end of July.

When all adults have been vaccinated against the virus, Dix said the UK would have “probably protected the population from all the variants that are known, and we’ll be safe over the coming winter”.

The departing vaccine chief said it was his personal prediction that by some time in August, “we will have no circulating virus in the UK”.

My colleague Molly Blackall has more here:

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Shoppers look for jewellery ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festivities amid the pandemic in Karachi.
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Women wearing protective face masks shop for fresh fruit and vegetables at an open air market during the three week full nationwide coronavirus lockdown Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish government has imposed a three week lockdown from 30 April to 17 May. In a bid to keep tourism and the economy going, tourists were exempt from the lockdown restrictions and some tourism and essential service businesses continue to be able to operate.
Women wearing protective face masks shop for fresh fruit and vegetables at an open air market during the three week full nationwide coronavirus lockdown Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish government has imposed a three week lockdown from 30 April to 17 May. In a bid to keep tourism and the economy going, tourists were exempt from the lockdown restrictions and some tourism and essential service businesses continue to be able to operate. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

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