Mubasher: Britain has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use and said that it will be made available across the country from the next week, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
“The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the UK government said.
Britain’s vaccine committee will decide which priority groups will get the jab first such as care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
Both Pfizer-BioNTech and US biotech firm Moderna have announced preliminary findings of over 90% effectiveness, an unexpectedly high rate, in trials of their vaccines.
Pfizer said Britain’s emergency use authorisation marks a historic moment in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 1.5 million people and upended the global economy.