The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has the NHS should be ready to roll out a coronavirus vaccine by the start of December, if it is approved by regulators.
However he urged caution, warning that it would be an enormous logistical task and it wasn’t clear how many people would have to be vaccinated in order for life to return to some sort of normality.
If regulators decide that it is safe and effective, the new Pfizer vaccine will be offered to the most vulnerable patients first in what would be a “seven-day-a-week operation”
It came as the UK recorded its highest daily death toll since the middle of May.
Meanwhile plans to carry out more mass testing from the end November have been announced — including all university students in England.
Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by medical editor Fergus Walsh and health editor Hugh Pym.