London’s health chiefs are set to start receiving supplies of Covid vaccine stocks from next week, The Sun can reveal.
Health sources say staff at a major London hospital have been urged to be ready to receive the first batches of the Oxford Astra-Zenica vaccine from the “week beginning November 2”.
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The vaccine is still being tested, but a major effort has been ordered to get the world’s leading hospital ready for operation as soon as it receives the green light.
The Sun has learned that further clinical trials at the notorious hospital have been put on hold as all resources are spent preparing thousands of doctors, nurses and other frontline staff for immunization.
And additional security measures are planned in the face of fears of anti-vaccine protests and to protect the precious stock.
As it is likely one of the first hospitals in the world to start immunizing frontline health workers, there are concerns that it may be targeted and require additional support.
A source from Whitehall said: “They are liaising with the police and even the military on a number of security issues.”
It comes as the Mail on Sunday reported that the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Warwickshire “has been advised to be ready to start a Covid-19 staff vaccination program in early December”.
New hope came when White House doctor Dr Anthony Fauci said, “We will know if a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, beginning of December. “
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It normally takes ten years to develop a vaccine from start to finish, to the point where you can start giving it to patients.
But it looks like the brilliant Oxford team are almost here already.
As The Sun revealed today, London’s health chiefs are ready to receive deliveries of Covid vaccine stocks as early as next week.
Further proof that Great Britain is truly a world leader in medical science.
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He told the BBC: “The question is, once you have a safe and effective vaccine, or more than one, how can you get it to the people who need it as quickly as possible? ”
Last night, the Department of Health said: ‘The NHS has a proven track record in implementing immunization programs and will work with existing partners across the health system to ensure that a Covid-19 vaccine can be deployed in a safe and efficient manner. ”
The spokesperson added, “A Covid-19 vaccine will only be deployed once it has been proven to be safe and effective through robust clinical trials and approved for use by the independent regulator.”
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