The head of National Health Service Provider, Chris Hopson, announced yesterday that the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 will be administered in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.
He told BBC:
“There are fifty hospital hubs, and we are sure the vaccine will reach them to enable people to start vaccinating on Tuesday.”
Following clinical trials, the two companies had already announced earlier that their vaccine has proven to be 95% effective for preventing infection. The UK Health Minister, Matt Hancock, added on Wednesday that the first 800,000 doses of the 40 million doses that the United Kingdom had secured with Pfizer/BioNTech would be available next week.
However, local news outlets reported on Thursday that the first batch had entered the country through the Eurotunnel. Considering the target audience for the vaccines on Tuesday, Chris Hopson said:
“As many as possible, but the bulk of the immunization program would begin from January to March 2021. It is a marathon, not a sprint.”
In addition to that, United Kingdom Business Minister, Alok Sharma, also confirmed that the plan is to begin the vaccination program next week. He further expressed optimism about the 800,000 doses that would be available by then.
Not only the United Kingdom
Other high-profile countries like Russia have also developed their vaccines. The President, Vladimir Putin, has ordered his government to commence a large-scale vaccination campaign next week. To guarantee the success of the vaccination program, it is necessary that everyone plays their part and abide by the stipulated restrictions in their area, and ensure that the NHS provider performs its job without being overwhelmed.