UK Orders 40 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine As It Prepares For Massive Roll-out

KEY POINTS

  • UK is set to roll-out Covid-19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.
  • UK will become the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for mass usage.
  • UK is among most affected countries in Europe by Covid-19 infections.

United Kingdom is set to roll-out Covid-19 vaccines developed by BioNTech and Pfizer as early as December 7th.

UK has ordered 40 million doses of the two-shot product which was developed by a German and an American pharmaceutical companies.

Preliminary data found that BioNTech and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is 95 per cent effective in preventing Coronavirus.

UK is set to grant approval for the vaccine within days, making it the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine ahead of US.

UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has the power to temporarily authorize products, in cases of urgent public need.

Normally the authorization period would take months and even years, but UK is grappling with a surge of Covid-19 cases and it’s in desperate need to control the virus.

UK’s Health secretary Matt Hancock told MPs this week that if the vaccines are approved, the National Health Service (NHS) stands ready to roll them out as soon as safely possible.

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An emergency US approval could come as soon as 8th-10th December, with shipments across UK starting within 24 hours of the announcement.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has suggested that care home residents and staff be first in line for the shots, followed by those aged over 80 and general health workers.

UK is grappling with a second wave of Covid-19 infection and the country is desperate to control the virus before its economy completely crumbles.

The country is also working in speed to roll out its own vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford university. On Friday, the government wrote to the regulator, asking it to review the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

UK has so far recorded 1.6 million cases of Covid-19 with 58,000 deaths so far. The country recorded 15,871 Coronavirus cases and 479 deaths on Saturday November 28th alone.

Related: Another Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca Discovered Shows 90% Effectiveness

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