Transition arrangements lapse at New Year’s if no deal is struck.
UK government health and defence ministry sources have confirmed that large amounts of vaccine will be flown to the UK starting 1 January if rail, road and maritime traffic is adversely affected by Brexit. Defence ministry officials and the UK’s vaccine taskforce have already been in contact with each other.
The report illustrates how UK government ministers are preparing for serious disruption of traffic through the Channel ports and at airports as a result of the end of the transition.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is one of the vaccines produced in Belgium. It needs to get to the UK from a factory in Puurs (Antwerp).