Pfizer’s vaccine will be available in UK next week
The UK has become the first Western country to approve a vaccine for Covid-19, with the pharmaceutical supervisor giving the green light to the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech. London is ahead of the EU and the United States in the emergency permit for the antidote, which is expected to be key to halting the global pandemic. The European and American authorities are currently processing the permission of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNtech, analyzing the safety and efficacy of the trials carried out on tens of thousands of patients.
The vaccine will be available in Britain from next week, according to a statement from the UK government. London had already indicated that it would try to speed up the approval of the vaccine as much as possible to protect its population, and doctors are on hold for a possible deployment. The so-called Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) is expected to publish its recommendation on which groups will be the first to receive the vaccine, but it is expected that it will be the elderly and health personnel. The country has agreed to purchase 40 million doses of the drug (two are administered per person) to immunize 20 million citizens.
The Regulatory Agency for Medicines and Health has indicated that the vaccine “met the strict standards of safety, quality and efficacy” required. Pfizer, along with Moderna and AstraZeneca (associated with Oxfrod University), have been ahead in the race to deliver a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. Processes that usually take between five and 10 years have been advanced to less than one. In addition, China has licensed three different vaccines for emergency use, and Russia approved another one known as Sputnik V.
The British government, in late November, invoked a rule that allows the regulator to speed up approval processes. The news is a relief for the Government of Boris Johnson, harassed by its management of the pandemic, which has caused 60,000 deaths in the country, which faces the rebellion by its party over restrictive measures while trying to close a last-minute agreement with the EU for Brexit.