EU not in hurry to approve Covid Vaccine but EU in second wave and winter load of Covid is worrisome.
MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19. The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week. The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.
UK decesion to approve vaccine is at an appropriate time to mitigate spread of virus in winterty humid conditions.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has faced a backlash after claiming Brexit helped the UK become the first country in the world to have a clinically authorised coronavirus vaccine.
Dr June Raine from the UK’s medicines regulator confirms the jab’s approval was made using provisions under European law.
The Pfizer/ BioNTech jab has been approved by Britain’s medicines regulator – but the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has yet to do the same for the EU.
Hancock claimed European countries are “moving a little bit more slowly” and stressed the vaccine had gone through all the proper checks, but Germany has said it deliberately did not move too quickly to boost confidence it will work.
“We do all the same safety checks and the same processes, but we have been able to speed up how they’re done because of Brexit,” he added.
Futher added this is because of Brexit we’ve been able to make a decision to do this based on the UK regulator, a world-class regulator, and not go at the pace of the Europeans”.