BORIS Johnson today said July 19's Freedom Day was "looking good" - but refused to rule out future lockdowns.
Bracing Brits for a "rough winter", the PM warned hospitals could face an onslaught "for all sorts of reasons" and that it was crucial to wrestle down Covid cases now.
Last week Mr Johnson sent millions of summer plans up in smoke by kicking today's Freedom Day back by a month.
On a visit to a lab in Hertfordshire this morning he hailed "science as the great liberator" paving a path to the end of lockdown.
Grilled about the potential for future lockdowns, the PM said: "You can never exclude that there will be some new disease, some new horror that we simply haven't budgeted for, or accounted for.
"But looking at where we are, looking at the efficacy of the vaccines against all variants that we can currently see - so Alpha, Delta, the lot of them, Kappa - I think it's looking good for July 19 to be that terminus point."
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