British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


UK approves use of Covid-19 vaccine for thousands


BRITAIN – The United Kingdom has become the first in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine that will pave the way for mass vaccination.

According to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is safe to be rolled out.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine took 10 months to develop. A vaccine shot reportedly offers up to 95 percent protection against the coronavirus.

“It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (December 2).

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week, and that the National Health Service will contact people to get the vaccine shot.

On the priority list are the elderly and staff at elderly homes, followed by individuals above the age of 80, as well as healthcare workers.

Some 20 million people are expected to receive the free vaccine after the UK ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine. JCN/Expat Media

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