Boris Johnson will hold a press conference on Thursday night and unveil a military-led plan for deploying the coronavirus vaccine.

Ministry of Defence chiefs have reportedly been told to come up with plans to ensure the Government can vaccinate those most at risk by mid-February – equating to 13 million people.

Rather than troops, it is believed military planners will be involved in the distribution.

A source yesterday told The Sun: "The Prime Minister is approaching the vaccination roll-out as a military operation and that's what you'll see at tomorrow's press conference."

The Prime Minister will be joined by NHS England chief Sir Simon Stevens and a senior military figure.

Boris Johnson is reportedly approaching the vaccine rollout as 'a military operation'

Johnson earlier said he expects "tens of millions" of doses to be delivered in the next three months.

But he told the BBC: "I wish I could give you here and now any sort of elaboration on the figures you have already heard about how we hope to get up to two million a week and so on. I can't give you that yet."

NHS sources have also warned the target may be ambitious.

The PM earlier said he expects 'tens of millions' of doses to be delivered in the next three months

One told the Daily Telegraph: "We do have to manage expectations. You cannot just vaccinate two million people a week from nothing."

GP surgeries in England will on Thursday begin administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

It comes after the UK reported a further 1,041 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, January 6 – the highest daily reported total since April 21.

The House of Commons yesterday voted in favour of the latest lockdown restrictions

Record numbers are also currently in hospital with coronavirus, with a further 3,500 admitted in England on Monday, January 4.

The House of Commons, recalled from its Christmas break to vote on the latest lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, voted with a 508 majority for the measures – which could be in place until the end of March.

"After the marathon of last year we are indeed now in a sprint, a race to vaccinate the vulnerable faster than the virus can reach them," the PM told MPs.

"Every needle in every arm makes a difference."