The first vaccination against coronavirus is expected to be delivered in Scotland next month, the health secretary has announced.
Jeane Freeman said the NHS would be ready to vaccinate people from the first week of December if safety approval is given.
It is hoped up to one million people could be vaccinated by the end of January if there are no delays.
Frontline NHS and care workers will be among the first recipients.
Ms Freeman said distributing the vaccine would be one of “the biggest civilian logistical challenges in our lifetime”.
Ms Freeman said that if the vaccines at the most advanced stage get regulatory approval then the Scottish government hopes to have 320,000 doses to deploy in the first two weeks of December.
The UK government health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said the NHS in the rest of the UK is ready to begin delivering the Pfizer vaccine from the start of next month but warned what was “more likely is that we may be able to start rolling it out before Christmas”.
Everyone over the age of 18 in Scotland, a total of 4.4m people, will be offered the vaccination by the end of the programme.
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