Boris Johnson to address nation at 5 p.m. press conference after vaccine approval


Boris Johnson to answer questions about the Pfizer / BioNTech jab (Photo: No10 Downing Street)

The Prime Minister will address the nation this afternoon after the UK becomes the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.

Boris Johnson will give a press conference at 5 p.m., answering questions and giving more details on the jab, which the Department of Health says will be rolled out from next week.

The UK had previously secured orders for 40 million doses of the vaccine – enough for 20 million people with two doses each.

High-risk groups such as nursing home staff and residents will be the first to participate in the jab, and a full list of priorities is expected to be released later today.

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At 10 a.m. this morning, experts will give a technical briefing on the vaccine, developed in partnership with BioNTech.

Dr June Raine, head of the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), will lead the briefing.

She will be joined by Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, Chairman of the Expert Working Group of the Commission on Human Medicine, and Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, will chair the meeting.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said: “The government today accepted the recommendation of the Independent Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve the Covid-vaccine. 19 from Pfizer / BioNTech.

“This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and extensive data analysis by experts at MHRA who concluded that the vaccine met its strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) will also soon publish its latest advice for priority groups needing the vaccine, including residents of health centers, health and care staff, the elderly. and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

“The vaccine will be available across the UK from next week. The NHS has decades of experience in implementing large-scale vaccination programs and will begin to implement its extensive preparations to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.

“To contribute to the success of the vaccination program, it is essential that everyone continues to play their part and adhere to the necessary restrictions in their region so that we can further suppress the virus and allow the NHS to do its job without being overwhelmed.

“Further details will be provided shortly. ”

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