Nurses’ Training to Carry Out the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine in London on December 4, 2020 Yui Mok
British Health Minister Matt Hancock on Sunday welcomed the “historic” moment represented by the start of the United 19-year vaccination campaign in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.
The country hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic with more than 61,000 deaths, the United Kingdom is the first in the world to authorize the deployment of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and will be the first Western country to launch its vaccination campaign. .
Minister Matt Hancock, who recently designated the first day of the vaccination campaign as “V-Day”, stressed that “next week is a historic moment”.
“We put the most vulnerable first and those over 80, nursing staff” and the Public Health Service “will be among the first to receive vaccines,” he said in a statement Sunday. .
His staff “are working all weekend to prepare for the launch of the program, the first vaccinations occurred from Tuesday,” said the NHS England.
To do this, “hubs” are set up in 50 English hospitals, and 1000 vaccination centers will be organized, according to the Ministry of Health.
The constraints induced by the vaccine, which must be stored at -70 ° C, represent a logistical challenge, pressure the health authorities, they must be transported by a specialized company and their thawing takes several hours.
The country has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, protecting 20 million people, two injections are necessary. Initially, 800,000 doses may be available in the UK.
According to some British newspapers, Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99, will soon be vaccinated, the Mail said Sunday that they plan to make it public in order to “encourage as many people as possible to be vaccinated”, while the Authorities fear that anti-vaccine activists will sow doubt in the population.
Despite the speed with which the British regulator approved the vaccine, its executive director June Sunday reiterated on BBC that “the highest international standards” have been applied.
In order to avoid any Brexit-related complications after the end of the transition period on December 31, the government is considering using army planes in case of border delays. “We will do it if necessary,” a health ministry spokesman told the newspaper.