The UK Government is expected to give approval to the BioNTech SE and Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in the coming week. In fact, reports say that the country’s NHS workers would likely get vaccinated as soon as December 7th, 2020. BioNTech and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has shown promising results with 95 per cent efficacy. The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and would get the first delivery by December 7, if things go according to plan.
The UK ordered its medical regulator, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) on November 20 to evaluate the BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, the regulatory body is already assessing whether the AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s vaccine passes rigorous safety standards.
Pfizer’s ‘genetic type vaccine’ entered the Phase 3 clinical study during July 2020. If MHRA provides an emergency use authorization to this vaccine, it will become the first such vaccine distribution in the world.
Similarly, Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, priced the company’s vaccine between $25 and $27 previously this week.
Recently on Sunday, Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson assigned Nadhim Zahawi, junior business minister, the task of monitoring the distribution of coronavirus vaccines throughout the country. Reports suggest that NHS workers would probably get the first vaccine shot in the country.
The UK has been one of the most severely affected nations by COVID-19, just like most other big nations in the world. With more than 1.62 million positive COVID-19 cases, the rapidly spreading virus has killed 58,127 people in the nation to date. As per recent reports, the UK government has made a three-tier system to categorize hotspots within three tiers based on how critical the outbreak is in a specific region.