The first batches of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccination have arrived in the UK. 

The first vaccinations are expected to take place in Scotland on Tuesday.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said “some” of the 800,000 doses have arrived in the UK. 

She said: "Some are in the UK, but as we said the programme will start next week, and I think I’m confident that we will have all of those available from the start of the programme.

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“People should feel confident about this vaccine. The MHRA is regarded as the gold standard of regulators around the world by scientists.”

Mr Sharma said people should feel “entirely confident” that the vaccine is safe.

“If it wasn’t it wouldn’t have been approved and wouldn’t have got the clearance from the MHRA,” he said, adding the MHRA have been “absolutely meticulous” in the process.

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Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said vaccines will have reached hospital hubs to enable vaccinations to begin on Tuesday.

He told BBC Breakfast: “That’s when we expect the first batches to be administered.”

Mr Hopson said hospitals are working out how many care home residents, care home staff and over-80s they can get to.