Every adult in the country could receive a coronavirus vaccine by Easter.
Scientists working on the Oxford vaccine hope that it could be approved by regulators before Christmas.
A full vaccination programme of adults would then take less than six months, Government insiders are said to believe.
Physiotherapists, midwives and other health professionals are to begin training to administer the vaccine in the coming weeks.
A Government source said: “We are looking at closer to six months, and it is likely to be far shorter than that.”
The vaccine being developed by Oxford University with Astrazeneca is the most advanced in Britain.
The Department of Health and Social Care said: “We are confident we have adequate provision or transport, PPE and logistical expertise to deploy a Covid-19 vaccine across the country as quickly as possible.”
This week, the Covid-19 death toll passed one million worldwide with over 33 million cases having been recorded.
The UK's coronavirus death toll in hospitals has tragically doubled in just a week.
A total of 51 Brits have died from Covid-related causes in the past seven days, a steep jump from last week's tally of 23.
The hospital death toll figures for Saturday, October 3, showed most of the new deaths reported were in England's North East and North West.
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All who died in England were aged between 40 and 80+.
Last night Newcastle city centre – one of the current hotspots for the killer virus – was pictured teeming with boozy revellers appearing to flout strict rules about household mixing and social distancing.
Latest Government figures show the coronavirus infection rate in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has soared to 250.5 cases per 100,000, the highest rate in any local authority in the UK.
Nearby University of Northumbria reported 770 students had been confirmed as having the virus, but only 78 showed symptoms.
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