The NHS is preparing to introduce a coronavirus vaccine shortly after Christmas. Tests have shown it will reduce infections and save lives, Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy medical director, revealed privately.
He told MPs last week that the third stage trials of the vaccine created at the University of Oxford and manufactured by AstraZeneca means a mass deployment is on the horizon as early as December. Thousands of NHS workers are due to be trained to administer a vaccine before the end of the year.
The government changed the law over the weekend to increase the number of health professionals able to immunize the public. The regulations will allow pharmacists, dentists, midwives and paramedics to administer injections.
Van-Tam gave a briefing to MPs on Monday afternoon in which