NHS ready to vaccinate people in three weeks after jab breakthrough

The Health Secretary said there are still ‘many hurdles that still need to be gone over’ (Picture: PA)

The NHS could begin vaccinating people from the start of December, Matt Hancock has revealed.

The Health Secretary told Sky News that no vaccine will be deployed until the Government is ‘confident’ of its safety.

He added: ‘I have asked them [the NHS] to be ready from the start of December.

‘Of course, there are many hurdles that still need to be gone over and we haven’t seen the full safety data, and obviously that is critical.

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‘We won’t deploy a vaccine unless we can be confident in its clinical safety, but we also do need to be ready should a vaccine be licensed and get through all those hurdles and be ready to roll it out.’

More to follow.