The British Army is establishing 80 new vaccine centres in Scotland from Monday, the Defence Secretary has announced after official figures suggested the rollout is far faster in England. As part of the largest peacetime resilience operation even undertaken by the UK Armed Forces, 98 soldiers will support NHS Scotland over the next 28 days. The soldiers, mainly from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based at Leuchars in Fife, have been organised into 11 vaccination centre set-up teams. They will use their logistical, organisational and clinical expertise to establish the centres, before handing them over to NHS Scotland to deliver the vaccination programme. Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said their involvement will free up NHS Scotland and councils to focus on administering the initial 900,000 doses the UK Government has allocated to Scotland this month. Matt Hancock, the UK Health Secretary, said more than 3.5 million people across the UK had already been vaccinated and "this is rapidly increasing every day as more vaccine sites open."