London – Britain is set to become the first country to launch Pfizer / BioNTech Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Weekly Vaccine, only at the time the shot was fired at hospitals for distributing actions to doctors’ clinics, the government Said on Sunday.
The first doses are set to be administered on Tuesday, with the National Health Service (NHS) promoting promotion to vaccinate the over 80s, frontline healthcare workers and care home staff and residents.
Britain has new emergency use approval for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and Biontech last week – leap forward in the global race to launch the most critical mass inoculation program in history.
In total, Britain ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million people in the country of 67 million.
About 800,000 doses are expected to be available in the first week.
First doses arrived from Belgium will be stored in certain locations across the country, where they will be quality checked, the health ministry said.
The vaccine Pfizer / BioNTech has onerous storage requirements. It needs to be kept at -70K (-94F) and only lasts five days in a regular fridge.
Therefore, the Ministry of Health said that the vaccine will first be administered in 50 hospitals. It said it will take several hours to release each vaccine and prepare it for use.
NHS England wrote to general practitioners, saying they should be ready to start vaccinations by the local doctors’ services by 14 December
Instead of conducting clinics in individual surgeries, groups of local doctors will operate more than 1,000 vaccination centers across the country, the government said.
Vaccine boxes contain five packs of 975 doses, but there is a special regulatory approval to split them. A high-ranking medical official said that although he was hoping people would possibly split the packages and deliver immediately to care homes, this was not guaranteed.
Britain is among the first nations to launch vaccinations outside the context of a clinical trial, which raised hopes that the tide could soon turn against a virus that has killed nearly 1.5 million people globally and plagued the world economy.
Russia has begun distributing its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine through 70 clinics in Moscow, although the shooting has not completed the final trials. – Reuters