Millions of people could get less effective coronavirus vaccine because high risk groups must get a jab as soon as possible – even if a better one is round the corner, health chief admits

Millions of people could miss out on the best Covid-19 vaccines because they must be given out as soon as possible, one of England’s top health officials has admitted.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, one of the deputy chief medical officers, said speed is of the essence and the country must not ‘let the perfect become the enemy of the good’.

The people most vulnerable to Covid-19, such as the elderly and those with cancer, must be given the first quality vaccine that becomes available in a bid to stop the epidemic, he said.

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