Boris Johnson has issued a statement in response to the latest promising news about the Covid vaccine.
Today, the UK became the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine, with the Government saying mass vaccinations will start soon.
The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which has a reported 95 per cent success rate, has now been approved for use in the UK.
The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and has been shown to prevent people from catching the virus with high success even in older age groups.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday morning (December 2): “Help is on its way.
“The MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19. The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.
“The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.”
In response to the news the Prime Minister posted a message about the vaccine on social media.
He said: “It’s fantastic that the MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19.
“The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again.”
The UK has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with 10 million due in the UK by the end of the year.
Patients need two doses, meaning not enough shots have been secured for the entire UK population.
However, it is likely other vaccines, including one from Oxford University, will be approved in the coming weeks and months.
Vaccine priority list
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set the order of priority for the coronavirus vaccine rollout in the UK.
Care home residents and staff will be the first to receive the vaccine, followed by those over 80 and health and social workers.
The vaccine will then be given to those over 75, before being rolled out to Brits of descending age:
1. Older adults’ resident in a care home and care home workers
2. All those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. High-risk adults under 65 years of age
7. Moderate-risk adults under 65 years of age
8. All those 60 years of age and over
9. All those 55 years of age and over
10. All those 50 years of age and over
11. Rest of the population (priority to be determined)