Culture secretary said vaccine rollout was on course but casted doubts over whether Brits can book summer holidays abroad.
The health secretary said it was “second order” to saving lives.
Health secretary urges people to stay at home during third lockdown as "every flex" of rules "can be fatal".
Details of the plan were revealed by the media on Friday evening.
He told the BBC the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccine could be known before the end of this year.
PM also tackled Tory critics, saying health claims "balderdash" and his usual "buoyancy" would be "totally inappropriate" during pandemic.
Confronted with the footage, Liu Xiaoming described Xinjiang – where the video is believed to have been filmed – as “the most beautiful place.”
Change in government advice comes as minister says face coverings in shops "basic good manners" not mandatory.
But health secretary Matt Hancock insists the government made the “right decisions at the right time”.
Foreign secretary says government will take "targeted" measures if coronavirus cases surge in specific regions.