Britain on Wednesday became the first country to announce that it would start vaccinating its citizens as the government has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use. The vaccine will be rolled out from next week.
“The 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,” the government said.
“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.”
The country is now to decide the first people who would get the dose of the vaccine, which likely would be health staff and elderly people.
Earlier, both Pfizer-BioNTech and US biotech firm Moderna claimed that their respective vaccines are more than 95% effective against coronavirus. Both the vaccines are based on new messenger RNA (mRNA) technology.
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“This authorization is a goal we have been working toward since we first declared that science will win, and we applaud the MHRA for their ability to conduct a careful assessment and take timely action to help protect the people of the UK,” said CEO Albert Bourla.
“As we anticipate further authorizations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world.”