Coronavirus will no longer be circulating in Britain by the summer, according to one of the UK’s top vaccine experts.

Clive Dix, the government’s departing vaccine taskforce chief, said he believed the population will be protected from the virus by ‘sometime in August’.

He also told the Daily Telegraph the UK remains on track to have given every adult at least one jab by the end of July, by which time ‘we’ll have probably protected the population from all the variants that are known’.

Mr Dix added: ‘We’ll be safe over the coming winter.’

More than 35 million people have received the first dose of one of the Covid-19 vaccines, while a quarter of the UK population is now fully protected after getting both.

Another 15 deaths were reported in the latest 24-hour period on Friday and there were 2,490 new cases.

Earlier this week, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said scientists are looking at a range of options for an autumn booster vaccination campaign to protect against a third wave of coronavirus.

This could include new jabs to protect against variants or mixing the types of injections given.

But Mr Dix told the paper he felt the jab rollout has been so successful that the booster programme could be pushed back to early 2022.

He said: ‘We may decide that we need to boost the immune response, and we’ve got the vaccine to do that. Whether we’ll need to or not, I would think probably not, but we might still do it in case.

‘I really don’t think it should be autumn. We should be thinking about boosting in maybe January or February, because the immune response will be strong.’

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