A British Conservative MP has said Covid-19 vaccines should be mandatory when rolled-out in the UK and an accompanying certificate could be issued that would allow international travel.
Speaking yesterday in the British Parliament, Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the British Armed Forces in overseeing the roll-out of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.
“Mass vaccine roll out is an enormous responsibility and we need to get it right,” Ellwood said, informing parliamentarians that a vaccine could be six months away.
Vaccination certificates “will probably have to be internationally recognized in order to allow travel, international travel”, according to Ellwood.
MP Tobias Ellwood proposing that military oversees mass-vaccination of Britain, and issuance of VACCINATION CERTIFICATES for international travel. Member of 77th Brigade, the psychological warfare unit which "assists" Cabinet (via Rapid Response Unit) in shaping public discourse. pic.twitter.com/gB3IyM6siG
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Ellwood expressed his hope that Boris Johnson would give the job of vaccination roll-outs to a Ministry of Defence task force that could ship the vaccines across the country and set up regional distribution hubs as well as develop a “national database to track progress and issue the vaccination certificates.”
Ellwood, who is Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, said life can return to normal for those who get the vaccine, whereas those who don’t will remain “subject to social distancing rules.”
42,000 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK, whilst almost 500,000 cases have been discovered since January.
Various parts of the UK are under continued restrictions, with Boris Johnson indicating that some forms of lockdown could remain in place until next year.