Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK
By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online
British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week.
Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most, such as elderly people in care homes.
The UK has already ordered 40m doses – enough to vaccinate 20m people.
Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.
It is the fastest ever vaccine to go from concept to reality, taking only 10 months to follow the same developmental steps that normally span a decade.
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