Jeane Freeman said as many as a million people could get a Covid jab by January though no vaccine has yet been approved
'With that vaccination programme we hope that in a matter of months we hope we will have Covid well under control if we are being optimistic'
But in a major positive development HLH currently projects a much smaller deficit this year due to Covid
First Minister also confirmed that Scotland passed the 'sombre and distressing milestone' of 5000 deaths linked to Covid
Chancellor Rishi Sunak's extension of furlough scheme has been welcomed by Kate Forbes
It offers access to detailed information on socialising, shared parenting, schools, hospitality, public transport and sporting events
But some call for a further relaxation to minimise disruption to business and family life
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she recognises ban will cause 'particular hardship' in rural and island communities
Fears persist that visitors from high-risk areas could still flock to the Highlands
Highlands could be set to reopen pubs and allow home visits if the Highlands is placed at Tier 1 after council vote.
Proposal to ask for ban on people travelling to Highlands from Central Belt was narrowly defeated
The full meeting is expected to make a recommendation to the Scottish Government which will decide tier for Highlands
The Greens John Finnie claims the replacement schemes are 'totally inadequate'
The local authority will also refer feedback from councillors to the government by Thursday when the policy is discussed in Holyrood
Young hardest hit at food banks too as officials say pandemic 'exacerbated welfare, debt, housing and employment issues'
Call for bans on overnight parking and fines for those who become too intoxicated and make life a misery for local residents
Efforts will also be put into providing better facilities for tourists with more opportunities for landowners to accommodate visitors
Highland aim to create revenue by meeting climate targets
The recovery board says 'good progress' made ahead of the UK's December 31 exit
First Minister Sturgeon announced the changes but some have called for more targeted response locally rather than blanket bans