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Vaccine rollout likened to football match in Van-Tam’s latest metaphor

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England’s deputy chief medical officer has compared the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to defenders “tracking back” during a football match.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, referred to as JVT, has become renowned for his use of analogies to help explain aspects of the virus as the nation battles against it.

In his latest metaphor, he likened the current stage of the Government’s vaccine delivery plan to defensive players “watching everybody’s back”.

Huddersfield Town v Swansea City – Sky Bet Championship – John Smith’s Stadium / PA Wire

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, Prof Van-Tam said: “As the Secretary of State has announced, we are now into the last cohort of the phase one programme.

“It’s important we get that done properly before we move on to phase two, because phase one is where the patients are who suffer the mortality.

“A bit like a football game where the strikers who score the wonder goals are the ones who make the headlines, actually, the hard yards are done by the defenders and by the defensive midfielders tracking back, tracking back for 90 minutes of the whole game, watching everybody’s back.

“And this is what it’s going to be about now, tracking back and making sure that we finish the job properly in the phase one cohorts before we move on.”

Here are some of the medical chief’s other analogies:

Prof Van-Tam previously compared the pandemic to the famous horse race held annually at Aintree in Liverpool, warning the country must not fall at the final fence.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “The vaccine effects are going to take three months until we see them properly, and until then no one can relax.

“We are probably in the last few furlongs of this race – like in the Grand National We just have a couple more fences, we have just got to stick with it.”

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