More than 165,000 people in England will be offered the tests from next year.
The referral is "a significant first step" to a possible rollout of the vaccine, the government says.
Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?
The "unscientific" examinations are condemned by international organisations such as the UN.
But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data.
More than 55 million people will remain banned from meeting other households indoors from 2 December.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said an extra £1bn in social care funding would be available to councils.
"Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says.
"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," Meghan writes in an article.
The UK's five-day relaxation of rules will throw "fuel on the Covid fire", scientists warn.
Scientists demonstrate a scanning device that will make it easier to study the brain.
Non-essential shops will reopen this weekend but bars and restaurants will stay closed into January.
Nearly 14,000 deaths occurred in the week ending 13 November - with 3,000 linked to Covid.
People have tendency to soldier on, potentially making colleagues sick, health secretary says.
The vaccine is cheaper than other options and easier to distribute around the world.
People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days.
A 14-year-old transgender boy is taking legal action against NHS England over treatment delays.
Borrowing - which hit a record £22.3bn in October - cannot go on indefinitely, chancellor says.
Christmas could be a dangerous time to contract the virus - but precautions can be taken.
Busting myths and explaining the facts around immunisation.
Several vaccines are showing promise and one is already being reviewed by the UK regulator.
A question everyone's asking: what's my Covid risk? Here's how to find out.
Prof Sarah Gilbert got to work quickly on a coronavirus vaccine in January after decades of research.
We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine.
BBC News spoke to key government figures, scientists and health officials involved from the start.
A BBC documentary highlights weaknesses in the expert analysis of the likely impact of coronavirus.
The UK government has opted out of EU schemes to source medical equipment and vaccines. What have they delivered?
England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week.
A vaccine for Covid-19 is set to be put forward for emergency approval.
Four nurses describe the pressure they are under as the second coronavirus wave gathers force.
People around the UK must now wear face coverings in many public places, but what are the rules?
Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?
A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus.
What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?
Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.
While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.
With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.
Excitement over the vaccine has turned to questions on the reality of when we can get it.
Evan was diagnosed with ME in 2017, and she believes her experience can support long Covid sufferers.
This doctor made a video simulating what a dying Covid patient sees - to urge people to wear masks.
How you and your family can celebrate Christmas and minimise the spread of coronavirus.
Hospital staff speak of "tired" colleagues while they tackle the second wave of coronavirus.