London (AFP, BLOOMBERG) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in a matter of weeks after UK regulators gave emergency confirmation and the world’s first outbreak begins next week. Report late Saturday (December 5).
The monarch, 94, and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip are in line to overcome the storm early due to their age and will not receive preferential treatment, the Mail on Sunday reported.
The paper said Britain’s older royals would reveal they had been given the inoculation “to encourage more people to take up the vital push”, fearing so-called anti-waxers could spark enthusiasm for it.
Britain is set to deploy its first Cowid-19 vaccine with plans to deliver the shot at more than 1,000 centers across the country in the coming weeks, with the first push expected to be delivered Tuesday (December 8).
The vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer Inc. And BioNTech SE, has arrived at safe locations in the UK from Belgium, the Department of Health and Social Care said Sunday. Additional quality checks to ensure that the jabs are kept at the correct temperature, the shot will be available to 50 hospital hubs around the country, before they are distributed to doctor-run vaccination centers that will conduct the jabs.
Britain will become the first Western country to develop a caviar-19 vaccine, after regulators approved the Pfizer-Bontech firing on Wednesday. The government bought 40 million doses from the companies, enough to inoculate 20 million people on the two-dose regimen. The shots will be given in order of priority, with the first vaccines given to those in care homes, including workers, and people over 80 years old.
Vaccines are scheduled to arrive at hospitals Monday with the first vaccinations starting Tuesday, according to a separate release from NHS England, with patients aged 80 and over already in hospital or attending the appointments among the former to get the job. . Appointments that are not used for the former priority groups will be given to healthcare workers at risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
“Next week will be a historic moment when we will start vaccinating against caviar-19,” Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to make sure we can overcome significant challenges to vaccinate care home residents.”
One of the main challenges in the coming weeks will be to ensure that the vaccination is at the right temperature. The shot must be stored at about minus 70 degrees and can only be moved four times in the cold range before use, according to NHS England. Once defrost, the shot has a life of days. Each box of vaccines, containing five packs of 975 doses, must be packed manually and the temperature downloaded to check that it has not changed in transit.
When more of the vaccine becomes available, smaller sites like local pharmacies will also be involved in the administration of the jabs, the government said.