Boris Johnson has laid out the government’s coronavirus winter plan in a Downing Street press conference this afternoon, warning the nation that, 18 months on, the pandemic is still far from over. Despite the PM’s past reassurances that vaccines were our “way out” of the pandemic – and all the talk of having to “learn to live with this virus” – he did not rule out the possibility of a U-turn on the “one-way” road to freedom. Johnson said that, in essence, the winter plan was just “to keep going”: this will mean ramping up vaccination efforts, pressing on with free NHS testing, allocating an extra £5.4bn to the NHS over the next six months to fund its Covid response and leading global efforts to accelerate vaccination.