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UK approves use of Pfizer/BionTech vaccine

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    Posted: December 02 2020 at 3:42am

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The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination.

Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out.

The first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

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Elderly people in care homes and care home staff are top of the priority list, followed by over-80s and health and care staff.

But because of the limited stocks and need to store at -70C, the very first vaccinations are likely to take place at hospitals so care home residents may not be immunised until later.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55145696

Interesting that although care home residents are in the top priority the difficulty in handling this vaccine means that practically they will come lower in the list.   But I am glad that care homes are so high in the list.

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ps.  the UK list of priority

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Great news, Edwin.  Have they given a timeline for each phase?  If the US adopts a similar phased release, I'd be in phase 6.

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Silly me.  My governor already released a five phase program.  I'm in phase 2.  

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Tier 7 for me. :(

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