The Government plans to offer a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to every adult in the UK by September, Dominic Raab said on Sunday.
The Foreign Secretary added it would be “great” if the rollout could be faster but that the Government was working to the early autumn target.
It comes amid reports senior Government figures believe every adult in Britain could be vaccinated by the end of June as they grow increasingly optimistic they will be able to accelerate the roll-out.Whitehall sources believe this target could realistically be achieved as they plan to vaccinate four to five million people a week within months.
In an interview on Sky News on Sunday, Mr Raab said: “Our target is by September to have offered all the adult population a first dose. If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the roadmap.”
He said that he hoped by the “early spring” some restrictions can be lifted “gradually” so the country can “get back to normal”.