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How U.k. Will Come First In The World To Deploy The Vaccine Covid

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The United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to approve the COVID vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and leaders say it will be rolled out via the country’s National Health Service within days.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in Britain concluded that the vaccine had “met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness” following months of rigorous clinical trials and analysis of data by the agency. The U.K Department of Health said the government had accepted the recommendation from the independent MHRA that the vaccine should be approved for use.

“Help is on its way,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted on Wednesday. “The MHRA has formally authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19. The U.K. is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.”

When will the first doses of the vaccine be administered?

Why won’t people in the United States get it first?

Independent advisers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not scheduled to meet until December 10 to discuss the jab.

They will make recommendations about the vaccine as part of an exhaustive review to vet the safety, effectiveness and manufacturing. The FDA is expected to make a decision shortly after its advisers meet.

A week after the Pfizer/BioNTech meeting, FDA advisers will discuss a second vaccine being developed by Moderna. Moderna’s vaccine was 94 percent effective at preventing illness in a 30,000-person clinical trial.

The U.S. government, through Operation Warp Speed, has preordered 100 million doses from both Moderna and Pfizer.

Who will get the vaccine first in the U.K.?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is made up of independent experts who advise the government on which vaccines the U.K. should use and provide advice on who should be offered the vaccination first.

The committee’s interim advice is that a COVID-19 vaccine should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people over 80 and health and social workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.

There are currently no plans for a vaccine to be compulsory. Vaccination will be managed by the health services in each nation: NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland, and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland.

The JCVI’s provisional prioritization for COVID-19 vaccines is subject to change should more information about vaccine effectiveness in different age groups become available. A simple age-based priority list will “likely result in faster delivery and better uptake in those at the highest risk” the committee said.

Priority order:

  • Older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
  • All those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over
  • All those 65 years of age and over
  • High-risk adults under 65 years of age
  • Moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over
  • Rest of the population (priority to be determined)
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A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “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.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will shortly also publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

“The vaccine will be made available across the U.K. from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.

“To aid the success of the vaccination programme it is vital everyone continues to play their part and abide by the necessary restrictions in their area so we can further suppress the virus and allow the NHS to do its work without being overwhelmed.”

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