Coronavirus: UK to get vaccine from next week

The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech will be available in the United Kingdom (UK) from next week, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care has said.

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination,” statement released by a spokesperson said.

“The [UK] government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use. This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness,” reads an official statement.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 63.7 million people and killed over 1.47 million according to the Johns Hopkins University. Over 40 million people have recovered from the infection.