This vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) has only been approved because those strict tests have been done and complied with. Everyone can be absolutely confident that no corners whatsoever have been cut: UK’s medicine regulator , MHRA chief Dr June Raine
UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use.
Vaccine has been given the go-ahead by the health regulator MHRA and will become available from next week.
“This authorization is a goal we have been working toward since we first declared that science will win, and we applaud the MHRA for their ability to conduct a careful assessment and take timely action to help protect the people of the U.K.,” said CEO Albert Bourla.
“As we anticipate further authorizations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world.”
Dr Raine reiterates that the MHRA have conducted a “rigorous” review of the Pfizer jab.
“This vaccine has only been approved because those strict tests have been done and complied with,” she says.
“And everyone can be absolutely confident no corners whatsoever have been cut.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the programme would begin early next week. Hospitals, he said, were already ready to receive it.
“It is very good news,” Hancock said.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said hospitals in Stockport and Salford would be among the first to roll-out the vaccine for NHS staff.
UK government has secured 40 million doses of the vaccine, which needs to be refrigerated at -70C (-94F).
Ten million doses are expected in the UK by the end of the year and patients need two each.