Matt Hancock breaks down on GMB as grandma, 90, gets first Covid vaccine

Good Morning Britain viewers saw Health Secretary Matt Hancock get emotional as he appeared to wipe away a tear while talking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

He came onto the show to discuss the UK's vaccine breakthrough, which has seen the first people in the world to get an approved coronavirus jab on Tuesday.

As Piers and Susanna shared a clip of Margaret Keenan, 90, and William Shakespeare, 81, getting their first jabs, Hancock appeared to get choked up.

Piers asked: "You're quite emotional about that?"

Wiping a tear, Hancock replied: "It's been such a tough year for so many people and there's William Shakespeare putting it simply for everybody that we can get on with our lives.

"There's still a few months to go, I've still got this worry that we can't blow it now Piers, we've still got to get the vaccine to millions of people so we've got to keep sticking to the rules, there's so much work gone into this – it makes me proud to be British."

This comes after he revealed that his step-grandad caught Covid and sadly died of the virus, sharing the news last week.

Hancock also spoke about the vaccine on Sky News earlier in the morning, saying: "This is a triumph for science and ingenuity over what is an absolutely beastly disease.

"I always believed by backing the science we would get there. This will start to heal this disease right across the world.

"I'm feeling quite emotional seeing those pictures, it's been such a tough year for so many people but finally we have our way through it, the light at the end of the tunnel.

"It seems so simple having a jab in your arm but that will protect Margaret and the people around her.

"If we manage to do that for everyone who is vulnerable to this disease we can move on and return to normal.

"I am so grateful to the whole team who made this happen."

GMB continues tomorrow at 6am on ITV.

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