Britain grants Pfizer coronavirus vaccine emergency authorization
Britain has been racing to become the first Western country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, and its government has already ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The first of those doses are expected to arrive in the coming days, the drugmakers said in a joint statement.
Starting next week, the vaccine will start to be made available across the country, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again.”
“Help is on its way,” British Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted on Wednesday. “The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.”
Hancock told the BBC that he was “absolutely thrilled” by the decision and “very proud” that Britain was the first country to approve the vaccine. Approximately 800,000 doses are expected to arrive next week, with first priority going to nursing …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]