The UK has become the first country in the world to have a “clinically authorised” Covid-19 vaccine to roll out, after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine received regulatory approval on Wednesday morning.
Results from clinical trials show the jab to be 95 per cent effective and works in all age groups.
But what does this mean for people in the UK and when can we expect to receive the vaccine?
What’s in the pipeline for the UK?
The government has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with 10 million due in the UK by the end of the year.
Patients need two doses, meaning not enough shots have been secured for the entire UK population.
How will a vaccine be rolled out?
Work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure that NHS staff are ready to start delivering jabs to the most vulnerable, as well as health and care workers, as a priority.
The NHS Nightingale Hospitals have also been earmarked as sites for mass vaccination clinics – among other uses.
In addition, NHS leaders have said there will be “roving teams” deployed to vaccinate care home residents and workers.