British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits QuantuMDx Biotechnology in Newcastle upon Tyne, England on February 13th. Ian Forsyth / Pool / AFP / Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he agreed with Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s comments on Friday that vaccinations and new treatments could make Covid-19 “another disease to live with as we do the flu” by the end of the year .

“I think so in due course [Covid-19] becomes something we just live with. Some people are more vulnerable than others – that’s inevitable, “Johnson replied Saturday when asked by a reporter.

Johnson also said he was “optimistic” ahead of a planned February 22nd announcement on his roadmap for England to end the lockdown – but added that “we need to be careful”.

When asked about the planned February 22nd announcement to release details of the easing of the lockdown, Johnson replied that he would “try to be as detailed as possible, always understanding that we are faced with the disease must be careful. ”

The UK government is hoping to meet its target of offering Covid-19 vaccinations to 15 million people in the most vulnerable groups by Monday February 15. So far, 14 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Here is a connection: There have been more than 4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In March last year, the UK government said it was confident the country could limit its coronavirus deaths to 20,000. However, according to the JHU, more than 116,500 people have died – and the country has one of the highest confirmed deaths in relation to population.