UK first to approve Coronavirus Vaccine

Announced this morning, a vaccine for Coronavirus has been confirmed ready. The UK are the first Western country to have an injection approved and licenced for, through its independent advisory body, the MHRA. After months of intense clinical tests, the Pfizer vaccine has been confirmed safe and of quality, ticking strict medical criteria.

Mr Matt Hancock, Health Secretary says the first set of injections will be as early as next week, but reinforces that it will not be in huge numbers on the outset. At current, there are 800,000 injections ready to be shipped over from Belgium, which will treat 400,000; The vaccine will be given in two injections, 21 days apart from each other. We know from Government statistics that there are more than 400,000 people on the priority list to recieve the vaccine, so not everyone will be getting it next week. It is groundbreaking news, but we must keep perpesective and be patient. Mr Hancock said, ‘We can see a way out of this, but we’re not there yet so let’s keep our resolve, keep doing our bit to keep people safe’.

Despite the vaccine being hope for better days, there is question to how safe the drug really, due to the rapid process of approval. On average one fifth of british people will refuse vaccination (see recent surveys from https://www.ucl.ac.uk/), which could be problematic to the immunisation of Covid-19. Boris Johnson, PM is aware of false information circulating the population and plans to legislate this harm and the ‘Anti-Vax’ communities. Mr Johnson assures us that the vaccine will not be made mandatory and will not be forced upon anyone, as it is “not part of our culture or ambition”. Public confidence will contribute to recovery of our health and economy. Despite the vaccine being hope for better days, there is question to how safe the drug really, due to the rapid process of approval. On average one fifth of british people will refuse vaccination (see recent surveys from UCL), which could be problematic to the immunisation of Covid-19. Boris Johnson, PM is aware of false information circulating the population and plans to legislate this harm and the ‘Anti-Vax’ communities. Mr Johnson assures us that the vaccine will not be made mandatory and will not be forced upon anyone, as it is “not part of our culture or ambition”. Public confidence will contribute to recovery of our health and economy.


The injection Step-by-Step:

  • 40,000 Pfizer injections will be ready for those most vulnerable, next week. This means care home residents, health care workers and those over eighty will be first in the queue.
  • Pfizer must be kept at -70C, making the crucial movement of the vaccine a task in itself.
  • The injection will initial be given throughout fifty hospital-hubs, where specialist facilities already stand. Then, it will be a matter of safely transferring the vaccine to GP surgeries and care-homes across the UK.
  • The UK Government have already bought 40 million doses of Pfizer, but the rate of it being given coincides with the rate of manufacturing.
  • The bulk of the vaccine will be carried out between January and April, NHS Chief Executive said.
  • For now, Government Guidelines remain the focus on how we control the virus. We must continue with a nationwide effort, to see our country get back on its feet.

The extent of a vaccine being developed, tested an trialled within a year is impeccable. Today is a day to thank the work of medical scientists, leaders and each individual adhering to new laws.

Covid-19 may not ever ‘disappear’, but will, with time become a small part of our lives. 2020 has been an extraordinary year, but we know now that we’re through the worst.

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