Two Covid vaccines ‘could be ready by Christmas’ as NHS ready to ‘fire starting gun’ on roll out


Two coronavirus vaccines could be ready by Christmas, the head of the UK’s jab taskforce said today.

Kate Bingham told MPs she hopes we will see efficacy results for the Oxford vaccine and Pfizer’s jab within weeks.

If that happens there is a possibility of “deploying by year end”, she added.

It comes as NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens today told journalists that the health service is “ready to fire the starting gun” on rolling out doses “as and when it’s needed”.

He said: “No health services knows the availability of vaccines, we just need to make sure we are ready.

“Ten out of ten we could do it and be ready.”

Sir Simon said vaccines will be delivered at GP surgeries, pharmacies and mass testing centres – including at the Nightingale Hospitals.

He confirmed GPs will be on standby but said any mass vaccine programme was likely to start in the New Year – pending positive trial results. US SPREAD GOOD NEWS!

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