The NHS will be ready from December to roll out the new coronavirus vaccine if it gets approved, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
Mr Hancock told MPs the news about the vaccine was an important step but “there are no guarantees”.
He also said “we don’t know” how many people will need to be vaccinated in order for life to return to normal.
And he announced that, from Tuesday, NHS staff will begin being tested twice a week.
On Monday, early results from the world’s first effective coronavirus vaccine showed it could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid.
The vaccine has been developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech and is one of 11 vaccines that are currently in the final stages of testing.
The companies now plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of November – and a limited number of people may get the vaccine this year.
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