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UK becomes first to approve Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Written by Abigail Sawyer (Senior Editor)

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine created by Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved for use by the UK’s regulator, MHRA, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to gain approval in a western country. The NHS will begin to roll out the first 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (NY, USA and Mainz, Germany, respectively) next week, with those living and working in care homes having top priority. The UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has made it very clear that the public should wait until they are contacted by the NHS to receive a vaccine. The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the...

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