Matt Hancock has said he is hoping for a ‘happy and free Great British summer’.
The Health Secretary’s intervention comes as a leading medical figure predicted that summer 2021 is set to be ‘similar’ to last year in the UK.
Mr Hancock told BBC Politics East that there would be ‘a few tough few months between now and (summer)’, with many restrictions likely to be in place until the late spring.
But, he added: ‘In six months we’ll be in the middle, I hope, of a happy and free Great British summer. I have a high degree of confidence that by then the vast majority of adults will have been vaccinated – and that’s not just the clinically vulnerable groups, but all groups.’