Government update – Vaccine rollout
On Tuesday, we finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine started to be distributed to the highest risk groups set out by the Government in the hope that the first 800,000 doses will be dispensed in the coming weeks, with 4 million more expected by the end of the month.
The UK is the first country in the world to start using the Pfizer vaccine after regulators approved it last week. On Tuesday, US regulators confirmed the vaccine is 95% effective paving the way for it to be approved for emergency use. Health leaders across the UK hailed the rollout as a 'turning point' in the pandemic.
Professor Chris Whitty said, "The aim would be to roll out this vaccine and any others that get a licence and are effective and safe.
"We expect probably by the middle of the year to have a portfolio of three or four vaccines which we can actually use."
Overall, the UK has more vaccines pre-purchased per head than any other country, and within a few months, doctors will have a choice of vaccines.