Boris Johnson to hold press conference at 5pm on vaccine roll-out


oris Johnson will hold a press conference at 5pm in which he is expected to unveil the army-led coronavirus vaccine roll-out.

Britain’s vaccine roll-out has reportedly been drawn up by military battlefield planners and hopes to vaccinate the most vulnerable by mid-February.  

A senior government source told The Sun: “The Prime Minister is approaching the vaccination roll-out as a military operation and that’s what you’ll see at [Thursday’s] press conference.”

It comes after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain’s armed forces could deliver “over 100-thousand” jabs a day. 

The UK has approved two vaccines for use, by Pfizer and AstraZeneca, with the Moderna jab expected to follow.

Ministers are under pressure to dramatically step up the roll-out after the country was plunged into its third national lockdown. 

The total number of people vaccinated in England since the roll-out started is now 1,112,866, according to the health service. Of those, 60 per cent were given to people aged 80 or over.

The Government has set a target of vaccinating 13 million Brits by the middle of next month.

Mr Johnson told the Commons on Wednesday the roll-out “will finally free us from this wretched virus”.


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