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Giving coronavirus jab to schoolkids is 'key to avoiding lockdowns', expert says

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A top health official has suggested vaccinating children this year to avoid further lockdowns. Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of health research charity the Wellcome Trust, said rolling out the Covid jab to kids would help achieve 'population immunity'.

The former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford sounded a positive note about the state of the pandemic given how the vaccine rollout has gone so far.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: "With vaccination we can now achieve, we believe, population immunity whereby we will not have to go back into lockdowns. "We drive down transmission, we vaccinate as many people as possible, including I think later this year schoolchildren, and the whole of the population. "And that

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