The government’s coronavirus press briefings are back with a new face, that of Brigadier Phil Prosser.

It’s not the Brigadier’s first time helping the government’s pandemic efforts. In March 2020, his Aldershot-based 101 Logistics Brigade, known as the Iron Vipers due to its snake logo, distributed PPE across the country. Prosser also led the speedy construction of the Nightingale hospitals. Now, as a central figure in the vaccine delivery programme, he will chair daily 8am meetings, delivering updates on where he is preparing to “dispatch military surge teams” to ensure the roll-out remains on schedule.