The United Kingdom will on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, commence the administration of the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19.
This was announced on Friday by Chris Hopson, head of NHS Provider, a membership organization for the National Health Service trusts in England.
Speaking to the BBC, Hopson said: “There are 50 hospital hubs and we know the vaccine will reach those to enable people to start vaccinating on Tuesday.”
Asked if there was any target for the number of vaccines to be administered on Tuesday, Hopson said “as many as possible”, but stressed that the bulk of the immunization program would be carried out from January to March, 2021. “It’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint,” he said.
Recall that the UK had on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, approved a vaccine for Coronavirus, becoming the first country to approve a vaccine in the world.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of the Department of Health disclosed that the approved vaccine offers up to 95 percent protection against COVID-19.
It added that 40 million doses and immunisations will start within days for those in the first line of priority.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said, “Help is on its way. The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week”