If there’s one thing we all want to know right now, it’s when this whole pandemic thing will be over.
So let’s look ahead at our path out of all this...
What’s the government’s plan?
Good question, and not one with a definite answer.
Last month Matt Hancock sounded pretty optimistic – we roll out the vaccine and life begins to return to normal by spring.
His actual words were: “The NHS stands ready to deploy at the sort of pace that is needed to help us get out of this pandemic by the spring.”
Oh lovely, so back to normal in a couple of months?
Ugh, no. Since making that chirpy assessment last month, Hancock has not mentioned spring since. Even at the time, he studiously avoided defining just exactly when spring was.
Matt Hancock told @LBC the Oxford vaccine news means we can start to get to normal by Spring.
Although he wouldn't/ couldn't say what 'Spring' meant when asked for a specific date
— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) December 30, 2020
Hmm, OK. What about ‘getting out of this pandemic’?
Again, Hancock has been a bit wishy-washy.
While touting the vaccination programme this week, Hancock said: “Our UK Covid-19 vaccines delivery plan maps our route back to normality.
“The next few months will present a significant opportunity to turn the tide of battle against Covid – I am looking forward to watching these plans bring more reassurance and hope back to people’s lives after a difficult year.”
Which, again, is a bit on the vague side.
So what are we aiming for?
We asked the Department of Health and Social Care what Hancock meant when he said “out of this pandemic by the spring”, and if he still stood by the statement.