The UK has approved a COVID-19 vaccine. British care home residents, the elderly and health care workers will be first to be inoculated with the groundbreaking vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to tackle the.
The British government has assured the public the vaccine is safe, having been through rigorous clinical trials with the results analysed by the national medicine regulator. 800,000 doses will be distributed to vulnerable people as early as next week, while the majority of the population will be vaccinated in the new year.
The vaccine is one of several in development as the world’s scientists race to fight the pandemic. Developed by German biotech firm Biotech and US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, it’s alsoto fight the illness. The treatment is reported to be over 90% effective.
The vaccine has to be stored at a temperature of -70C (-94F), so is expected to be administered in hospitals at first until suitable storage is rolled out to other locations.
Theand a similar . Drug regulator the FDA is expected to follow the UK in approving one or more of the treatments very soon.
Russia and China have already approved vaccines, but without large-scale testing.
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