GOOD news at last.

That was the general reaction to the news the vaccine, the thing that could get us out this Covid pandemic, was finally a realistic prospect.

Hearing Professor Sir John Bell say we could be getting back to normal by the spring was the boost we all needed.

It is reported 30 million doses of the vaccine could be heading to us before Christmas. As two doses are needed, that is 15 million the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could be provided to.

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But it says everything about the government's handling of this crisis that for many their reaction, after joy, was 'how will they mess this one up'.

After PPE, test and trace and too late lockdowns, can you blame them?

The government should now be doing everything it can to ensure it is ready to deliver to those who need it the most, when available.

There is also the moral question to consider - we need to ensure those in the poorest countries are getting their fair share.

For now Covid-19 is still here, with the grim milestone of 50,000 lives lost reached in the UK this week, so we all have to do our bit in the meantime to save lives.