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UK Approves Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine for Rollout ‘From Next Week’

The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve a COVID vaccine for rollout.

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UK Approves Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine for Rollout ‘From Next Week’
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The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for rollout from 'next week’, reported news agency AFP on Wednesday, 2 December.

On Tuesday, 1 December, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech had said they applied to the European drugs regulator for conditional authorisation of their COVID-19 vaccine, following similar steps in the United States and Britain, according to Reuters.

Earlier, on 9 November, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19.

FIT spoke to Dr Shahid Jameel, Virologist and Director, Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University on what the news meant for India here.

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Immunisation Could Begin in 'Days'

According to the BBC, Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most. On the priority list are elderly people in care homes, social and healthcare workers and those above 80 years of age. Those above 50 and younger people with health conditions will get the doses next as more become available.

The UK has already ordered 40m doses - enough to vaccinate 20m people.

Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.

(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)

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