Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine approved for use by UK regulator

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Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use by the UK’s regulator, MHRA, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to gain approval in a western country.

The NHS will begin to roll out the first 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (NY, USA and Mainz, Germany, respectively) next week, with those living and working in care homes having top priority. The UK’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has made it very clear that the public should wait until they are contacted by the NHS to receive a vaccine.

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