COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Hospitals in the United Kingdom For ‘Biggest Immunization Program in History’

The first batches of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in hospitals around the United Kingdom on Dec. 6, two days before what the National Health Service (NHS) called the “biggest immunization program in history.”

The first batches of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in hospitals around the United Kingdom on Dec. 6, two days before what the National Health Service (NHS) called the “biggest immunization program in history.”

“Despite the huge complexities, hospitals will kickstart the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history from Tuesday,” NHS England Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said, describing the vaccine as “the beginning of the end” of the pandemic.

Around 800,000 doses of the vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical company Pfizer with its German partner BioNTech are expected to be available for the program.

Vaccinations will begin at 50 hospitals in England on Dec. 8, prioritizing people aged over 80, care home workers, and frontline healthcare workers. Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales will also begin vaccinations on the same day.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the vaccination program as a “historic moment” and urged people “to play their part to suppress this virus and follow the local restrictions to protect the NHS while they carry out this crucial work.”

Powis also said that the program would be a “marathon, not a sprint,” adding that it would take “many months for us to vaccinate everybody who needs vaccination.”

The UK government has ordered 40 million doses from Pfizer/BioNTech to cover 20 million people. Most of the remaining batches are expected to arrive early next year, but NHS Providers Deputy Chief Executive Saffron Cordery said that at least 4 million doses are expected to be available by the end of the year.


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