Coronavirus vaccine approved for use in UK!
Author: Rafi Benady | Wednesday 2nd December 2020
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for. Finally, after what’s been a taxing year for all of us the government’s approved a Covid jab, and it offers 95% protection.
Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the vaccine is safe to be rolled out. This makes the UK the first country in the world to approve any coronavirus vaccine, meaning mass vaccination is imminent.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week.
Elderly people, those in care homes and some NHS staff will be first to get the prick - with more details on the priority list due later.
The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the free jab - enough to immunise 20 million people.
The doses will be rolled out as quickly as the Belgian company can make it, Mr Hancock said.
But the majority of the jabs will be issued next year. Mr Hancock said: "2020 has been just awful and 2021 is going to be better."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: "It's the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again."