Dec, 2nd 2020 – The UK has today become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech CoronaVirus vaccine.
The country’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the vaccine will be rolled out from next week as Britain’s medicines regulator, MHRA says that the jab offers up to 95 percent protection against the virus. He added that people should wait to be contacted by the NHS
Approximately 20 million people will be vaccinated from the 40 million doses in the country. The elderly, those in care homes and the health care workers will be the first in line for the immunization.
The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is the fastest to come out taking only 10 months to follow the same steps that normally take up to 10 years. Mr. Hancock said that the dozes will be rolled out as quickly as they can be made by Pfizer with the first load next with followed by several millions throughout December.
He added that the bulk of the rollout will be next year. He said, “2020 has been just awful and 2021 is going to be better. I’m confident now, with the news today, that from spring, from Easter onwards, things are going to be better. And we’re going to have a summer next year that everybody can enjoy.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added that, “It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again.”
However, the free vaccine will not be compulsory and there will be three ways of vaccinating people around the UK. That is in Hospitals, Vaccination Centers and in the community with GPs and Pharmacists.
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said that the health service was preparing for the largest scale vaccination campaign in the country’s history. Experts however say that people should remain vigilant and follow rules to stop the spread of the virus including social distancing, self isolation and use of face masks.
The government’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said, “We can’t lower our guard yet.” She also gave the analogy of climbing a mountain saying, “If you’re climbing a mountain, you prepare and prepare. We started that in June. By the time the interim results became available on 10 November we were at base camp. And then when we got the final analysis we were ready for that last sprint that takes us to today.”