PLANS to roll out coronavirus vaccines and mass testing in Scotland will be revealed today.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman will make a statement to Holyrood at FMQs this afternoon about who will get Covid jabs first.
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Speaking at FMQs last week, Ms Sturgeon told the Parliament a vaccine programme will be led by the Scottish Government but carried out by health boards.
The most vulnerable and the adult population will be first to receive them “as soon as stocks of an approved vaccine are available”.
Pfizer’s vaccine is now 95% effective and passed all safety checks – meaning it will be ready for sign off ‘in days’.
UK regulators are poised to fast-track authorisation of the jab, which could be rolled out to priority groups in just a month.
The UK Government has 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab on pre-order, with 10million available for roll out before Christmas.
It means the two-dose jab could be used to immunise five million Brits by the end of the year.
In an important step the latest findings how the jab does work in the elderly, with efficacy in the over 65s found to be 94 per cent.
The better-than-expected data from the two vaccines have raised hopes for an end to a resurgent pandemic that has killed more than 1.3 million people globally and wreaked havoc upon economies and daily life.
However Scotland’s Finance Secretary has warned there is uncertainty about how the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine will be paid for.
Kate Forbes told Holyrood’s Finance Committee the Scottish Government does not yet know how much the distribution of a vaccine…