Nadhim Zahawi, minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, has praised the NHS, the military and the 200,000 volunteers for playing their part in rolling out the jab.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said: “The best of Britain has come together to deliver what I think is an incredible infrastructure.”
More than 3.8 million people in the UK – including over-80s, care home residents, and NHS and social care staff – have already received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
From today it will be rolled out to the next two priority groups: over-70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable.
Mr Zahawi also indicated that lockdown measures could be eased from the beginning of March, when the top four priority vaccine groups are expected to have developed protection from the virus.