We are currently on lockdown until December 2 – but Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Minister Michael Gove and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have all issued warnings it could extend.
But now news of a vaccine has given new hope, with the NHS ready for mass inoculations after Pfizer’s groundbreaking announcement on Monday.
Mr Hancock revealed on Tuesday that the first needles could be ready by December 1 to “inject hope into millions of weapons this winter”.
However, the vaccines would have to go through several other rounds of testing.
Mr Hancock told MPs he hopes nursing home residents and workers will receive beatings first, followed by NHS and care staff and people aged 80 and over.
Promisingly, this could allow older people to cuddle their grandchildren during the holiday season.
Each vaccinated person needs two injections of the Pfizer and Biontech jab.
A high-level source told the Mirror: “This is definitely something our expert review will look at in terms of the speed of onset and duration of the immune response.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said the military and NHS staff were ready to deploy a Covid-19 vaccine across the UK from early December and would work ‘seven days a week’, with medics GPs, new vaccination centers and pharmacists. play a role.
Pop-up vaccination clinics should also be used in some areas.