The Department of Health plans to make the vaccine available at least two months earlier than in America.
More than 132million doses have been ordered with the first batch due to arrive next month.
However, Dr Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s flu chief, today warned about the potential dangers of the untested vaccine: “There are certain areas where you simply do not try to make any economies. One of the things which cannot be compromised is the safety of vaccines.”
The European Medicines Agency, the drug regulatory body for the EU, is accelerating the approval process for the vaccine, allowing firms to bypass large-scale human trials and instead test a vaccine based on bird flu.