Hancock also said it will be a seven-day-a-week program, involving the distribution of the vaccine to nursing homes, general practitioners and pharmacists, as well as to “must-see” vaccination centers located in places such as gyms. Vaccination continued throughout the day and “into the evening,” he said.
We will be working across the NHS with the support of the armed forces seven days a week, on weekends, on public holidays, to get this in people’s arms as quickly as possible.
But Hancock also expressed a note of caution. Yesterday, during a notable exchange on the BBC’s World at One, Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, told presenter Sarah Montague that the vaccine news meant he was now convinced that life should return to normal in the spring.
Hancock was more equivocal. When asked if he agreed with Bell, he replied:
We want life to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I’m not going to put a date on it because there are so many steps to go through.
Here is the agenda for the day.
9h30: Boris Johnson chair cabinet.
9h30: The ONS publishes its weekly death figures for England and Wales.
9h30: Fiona Hill, Theresa May’s former co-chief of staff, is among various former No.10 aides who testify before the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the role of the Prime Minister’s office.
10h: Amanda Spielman, Chief of Ofsted, testifies before the Commons Education Committee.
10h30: Dido Harding, head of the NHS Test and Trace, testifies at the Commons health and science committees, which are conducting a joint investigation into the “coronavirus – lessons learned”. Other witnesses included Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, at 9.45 a.m.
12h: Downing Street must hold its lobby briefing.
12h30: A Defense Minister responds to an urgent question from the Commons on the use of the military in the deployment of mass tests.
Around 1 p.m .: Matt Hancock, the Secretary of Health, is making a statement to MPs on the coronavirus.
14h: Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, makes a statement in the Scottish parliament on the coronavirus.
Politics Live is now turning into a live blog on the UK coronavirus and, given how the Covid crisis overshadows everything, this will continue for the foreseeable future. But we’ll also cover non-Covid political stories, like Brexit, and when they seem bigger or more interesting, they will take priority.
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