The UK becomes the first country in the world to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer. “The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness” with these words the Ministry of Health has announced something that has been speculated upon for weeks: the Boris Johnson government wanted to approve the vaccine as soon as possible.
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While the European Union announced yesterday that the vaccine will be approved on December 29th, if everything is in order. Whilst, the United Kingdom has not only just approved it, but has assured that it will begin to distribute it as of next week.
“We applaud the MHRA for their ability to conduct a careful assessment and take timely action to help protect the people of the UK,” said CEO of Pfizer, Bourla. The country’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said they will put their foot down once the agency’s experts “have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.”
The UK becomes the first country in the world to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer. However, the details of this vaccination are yet to be published. We will have to wait for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to make public its recommendations on groups, phases, and procedures. This makes the UK not only the first country in the world to authorize Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine but it also important for countries around the world to design and implement their own vaccination plans.