COVID VACCINE

Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in the UK

In Summary

• UK becomes the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

• British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout.

The new vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech is more than 90 per cent effective
VACCINE TRIALS: The new vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech is more than 90 per cent effective
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The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout.

Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups.

The UK has already ordered 40m doses - enough to vaccinate 20m people, with two shots each.

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

It is the fastest ever vaccine to go from concept to reality, taking only 10 months to follow the same developmental steps that normally span a decade.

Although vaccination can start, people still need to remain vigilant and follow coronavirus rules to stop the spread, say experts.

That means sticking with the social distancing and face masks and testing people who may have the virus and asking them to isolate.