Putting the National Health Service in charge of virus vaccinations is a shot in the arm with nearly 6.4-million first doses given across the UK.

On target to jab 15m elderly and most vulnerable by the middle of next month after pricking a record 493,000 arms in a 24-hour period, the speed of the rollout emphasises the foolishness of earlier Tory Government catastrophic errors.

Fatal mistakes such as elbowing aside public health officials to shower billions of pounds on profit-hungry companies in return for a test and disgrace system with a miserable record of tracing the infected and victims.

The centralisation, bureaucracy, equality and public service ethos in the NHS which many Conservatives continue to dislike ideologically, including Boris Johnson, are life-savers in a national emergency.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

So Labour will be right this week to wave shrouds and remind voters the Prime Minister’s lethal mistakes and waste are why an unwanted world-beating rate will push the official death count above 100,000.

Because Johnson’s from another planet when the PM pats himself on the back, pretending he's handled the pandemic well.

When the truth is the life and livelihood emergency revealed everything that’s wrong about him: dithering, incompetence, laziness, chronically poor judgement, hostility to public services, cowardice, a popularity fetish and chumocracy yearning to reward cronies.

Keir Starmer’s aware how a national sigh of relief could allow Johnson to snatch victory from the jaws of virus defeat and that’s another reason his office wrestles with shooting greater contempt, bite and venom on Wednesdays into impressively reasoned assaults at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Vaccinating twice as many people once instead of half as many twice probably is, as the chief medical officers insist in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, best for public health as well as Government propaganda statistics.

What isn’t excusable is Johnson’s refusal to publish evidence, including any heightened risk from delayed second jabs.

We can’t dismiss the ability of Johnson on the other hand to snatch defeat from the jaws of vaccine victory.