Lockdowns through the winter will be an "absolutely last resort", the vaccines minister has told Sky News.
Nadhim Zahawi said the government will instead rely on vaccines to shift COVID-19 from pandemic to endemic status.
He told Sky News: "Lockdowns will be an absolutely last resort.
"What we're trying to do at the moment is to transition this virus from pandemic to endemic through a massive vaccination programme."
Mr Zahawi's comments came ahead of Boris Johnson announcing a winter plan later today to fight COVID-19, including booster jabs and flu vaccinations.