KATE Garraway today shared her reaction to the news that Britain is "going from a pandemic to an endemic" amid her husband Derek Draper's Covid battle
Derek, 53, became the country's longest Covid patient after he was admitted to hospital in March last year when the virus went global.
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Today, Kate spoke to Good Morning Britain's Dr Amir Khan on the ITV show this morning after it was revealed last night that the vaccine jab roll out has slashed Covid infections by 90 per cent.
The virus has now dropped to the third biggest killer in England for the first time in six months as millions of Brits have now received their first and second jab doses.
Hearing that expert Sarah Walker, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Oxford and chief investigator on survey, said Britain had “moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation”, left Kate jubilant.
She said: "This is extraordinary news."
The mum-of-two added: "It's the news we've been waiting for, surely?
"They're saying Britain has moved from a pandemic to an endemic, its going to make people think, 'oh thank God is this VE day, is it all over?'"
Show medic Dr Amir Khan replied: "Hopefully we are turning the tide on this.
"We still need to take caution, we've seen in India what happens when you lift restrictions too quickly or you don't have any restrictions at all.
"The vaccine is really good in bringing down the virus, but I wouldn't say we're yet out of (a pandemic) yet."
It comes as:
- Dr Hilary tells GMB Covid jabs success is ‘beyond our wildest dreams’
- Nearly £4billion worth of Covid PPE contracts appear to be corrupt, bombshell report reveals
- Mourning families forced to endure funeral agony as ‘another 80,000 cremations and burials will fall under Covid curbs’
- Surge Covid testing deployed in Birmingham to try and stop spread of South African variant
- ‘World’s most mutated’ Covid strain with 34 mutations is found as fears grow super-variant may prolong pandemic
Prof Walker said she was “cautiously optimistic” that the vaccination programme could keep Covid under control.
She added: “Without vaccines, I don’t think getting close to zero is really feasible in the situation now in the UK where we’re effectively endemic, we’ve moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation.”
Seven million people watched Kate's documentary Finding Derek last month, after the star's husband represented millions affected by the pandemic in Britain.
At his worst, hospital staff feared Derek may remain in a semi-vegetative state forever.
Kate said about his Covid battle on GMB yesterday: "I think it reflects a whole group of people going through this.
"Not just people like Derek with Covid, but all sorts of things, long term illnesses that families are living with and the effect it has on family life. I thought I got it before, but I get it now."
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