The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/Biontech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.
British regulator, the Mhra, says the jab, which offers up to 95 per cent protection against covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out next week.
Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups.
The UK has already ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million people, with two shots each.
Around 10 million doses should be available soon, with the first doses arriving in the UK in the coming days.
It is the fastest ever vaccine to go from concept to reality, taking only 10 months to follow the same developmental steps that normally span a decade.