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Johnson: ‘We’re now facing an emergency’

Boris Johnson warned that the UK is 'facing an emergency' in the battle against the Omicron variant as he urged the country to 'reinforce the wall of protection' and 'get boosted now'. In his address to the nation tonight, the PM said the data was clear that two doses of the vaccine were 'simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need' but scientists were confident a booster could bring levels of protection 'back up'.

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