England’s decision to abandon almost all coronavirus restrictions is being watched around the world as a test of whether mass vaccination really holds the key to a return to normal life.
The government’s decision to end restrictions contrasts with other highly vaccinated countries, including Israel, formerly the world leader. Yesterday its government approved the reimposition of vaccination passports and other emergency measures weeks after they were lifted.
The US State Department issued its highest-level warning against Britain on Monday, urging citizens not to travel and citing the rising rate of infection with the Delta variant.
International experts who gathered for an emergency conference last Friday said that the world was watching the “current avoidable crisis unfold in the UK”, a statement that came