UK Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, Rolls Out Next Week

The UK government has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and said that it would be rolled out by Dec. 7.

The UK government has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and said that it would be rolled out by Dec. 7.

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programs and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination,” announced the UK government. 

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency reported that the vaccine “met its strict standards of safety, quality, and effectiveness.”

The UK’s emergency authorization has cleared the way for the deployment of a vaccine that is said to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19. 

There are already 50 hospitals all over the UK preparing to administer the vaccine and 800,000 doses ready to be delivered from Belgium.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that it would be “one of the biggest civilian projects in history.”

Aside from the incoming 800,000 doses, the UK has already ordered 40 million doses which is enough to vaccinate 20 million people.

BioNTech announced that that the delivery of the 40 million doses will be conducted throughout 2020 and 2021, with complete delivery fulfillment expected next year.

“We can see the way out, and we can see that by the spring we are going to be through this,” added Hancock.


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