PM Johnson says still too early to rely on COVID-19 vaccine

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Britain's PM Johnson holds news conference on COVID-19

PM Johnson says still too early to rely on COVID-19 vaccine

Britain's PM Johnson holds news conference on COVID-19

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was ready to roll out a mass COVID-19 vaccination programme but it was too early to rely on a vaccine as a solution to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I must stress that these are very, very early days, and we've talked for a long time, right about the distant bugle of the scientific cavalry coming over the brow of the hill," Johnson told a media conference after Pfizer said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective.

"I can tell you that tonight that today that toot, that bugle is louder, but it's still some way off. We absolutely cannot rely on this news, as a solution."

(Reporting by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)