UK to begin vaccine rollout, first to approve Pfizer jab

A person walks past the headquarters of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in New York, New York, USA, 09 November 2020 [(EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE]

The UK will begin to roll out its first doses of coronavirus vaccine in the coming days after becoming the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech jab on Wednesday.

The vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, will begin to be rolled out next week.

However, although 800,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in the next few days that will only allow a fraction of the most vulnerable, including care home residents, the elderly and healthcare workers, to receive the vaccine.

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the jab – enough to vaccinate 20 million people. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that “several million” doses of the vaccine will arrive later this month.

648 COVID-related deaths were recorded in the UK on Wednesday, with another 16,170 cases reported. (Benjamin Fox |

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