The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) could approve the use of Pfizer’s vaccine. As early as the end of this week.
Possible go ahead for UK Pfizer vaccine by end of the week: A government source has quoted that the NHS has been requested to be ready for vaccination by December 1st. The company claims a 95% effectiveness rate for the vaccine. Ten million doses of the vaccine are on order for the UK. And if approved will be here by the end of the year. This will be sufficient for five million people, as two doses are required per person.
Also, in the USA, the food and drug administration, responsible for approving new drugs, are not scheduled to meet until December 10th. So the UK could be being vaccinated before Americans.
Subsequently, The Pfizer vaccine has been trialed on over forty thousand people in six countries. No safety issues have been discovered as yet, and a small (2%) of those trialed reported headaches and general fatigue.
Currently, The Oxford vaccine after trials, has proved to be 79-90% effective. However, it is cheaper and easier to transport. So could still be a front runner in the race to find a suitable vaccine.
The MHRA is totally independent of the Government. And a spokesman stated that the approval process will take as long as is needed to completely analyse the data supplied by Pfizer. Additionally saying “An enormous amount of planning has taken place. To ensure our health service stands ready to roll out a Covid-19 vaccine”
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