A coronavirus vaccine could be available this year with the law changed to fast track approval before Christmas, the health secretary said yesterday.
Matt Hancock said that vaccine trials were going well and pharmacists, paramedics, vets and those with no clinical training could be allowed to administer a safe and effective jab to ensure that millions of people get it quickly.
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Hancock attacked the “pernicious lies” of anti-vaccination activists, saying that he was encouraged by a meeting with Facebook’s Sir Nick Clegg about tackling misleading posts on social media.
A national campaign to remind people of the importance of social distancing and hand hygiene will begin shortly, he added.
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