Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England's hospitals put on alert

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The NHS is tipped to receive the first batch of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as early as December 7. This would bring to fruition the Prime Minister’s plan to have vaccines administered to the most vulnerable groups before Christmas. Sources at multiple hospitals in England said they were preparing to receive the jab on either December 7, 8 or 9.

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They said NHS England had issued the preliminary timeline.

NHS workers are expected to be treated as a priority in the queue for the much-awaited jab, according to the Guardian.

Care home residents and people over the age of 80 will be next in line.

The Government has classed both of these groups as top priorities in the vaccine programme.

The vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech is expected to gain regulatory approval over the coming days.

Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England's hospitals put on alert

Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England’s hospitals put on alert (Image: GETTY)

Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England's hospitals put on alert

Boris Johnson is hoping to have a vaccination programme rolled out before Christmas (Image: GETY)

On Monday the UK’s medicine regulator said it would make a decision on the Pfizer vaccine in the “shortest time possible”.

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency made the announcement after it had received additional data about the shot.

In a statement, the executive agency of the department of health and social care said a thorough assessment of the data would be carried out.

June Raine, chief executive of the agency said: “It is our job now to rigorously assess these data and the evidence submitted on the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness.

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Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England's hospitals put on alert

NHS workers will be treated as a priority in the queue for the jab (Image: GETTY)

“As we have received this data through a rolling review, we have already started our analysis and will aim to make a decision in the shortest time possible, without compromising the thoroughness of our review.”

Earlier this month Pfizer became the first drugmaker to publish early analysis from its phase 3 trials involving 43,000 people worldwide.

The results were hailed around the world as a breakthrough in the race for a COVID jab.

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The vaccine was found to be more than 90 percent effective in preventing the virus in participants.

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Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England's hospitals put on alert

The military are set to play a key role in the rollout of the vaccine programme (Image: GETTY)

But further analysis of the jab released last week showed 95 percent efficacy.

On Friday a former Department of Health director said ministers would face “tough choices” if the COVID immunisation jab produced by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is found to be less effective than other candidates.

Professor David Salisbury said the Government would need to think “very carefully” about their handling of the vaccine if its efficacy was lower than for other jabs such as those from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine is currently being assessed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for use in the UK.

Data from two arms of its phase-three trial, announced last week, gave a combined efficacy of 70 percent.

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A half dose followed by a full dose was found to be 90 percent effective but the figure was 62 percent for people given two full doses.

The 90 percent finding was based on a dosing regimen given to 2,741 people, while the two-dose arm of the trial involved 8,895 people.

AstraZeneca has said it will carry out a further global clinical trial to assess the 90 percent dosing regimen, which it acknowledged was as a result of a dosing error.

Coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in 10 days as England's hospitals put on alert

Pfizer developed the jab with its German partner BioNTech (Image: GETTY)

Prof Salisbury told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think this has to be unpicked and it may not be possible to do that with the amount of patients that have been recruited so far.

“If this vaccine came through at truly 90 percent and it is a cheaper vaccine and it requires much less rigorous cold chain (storage) than the RNA vaccines (from Pfizer and Moderna), then that would be a great result.”

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday, Mr Johnson suggested the “vast majority” of people in groups deemed to be most vulnerable to coronavirus could be jabbed by Easter.

The prime minister said meeting this target “would make a very substantial change to where we are at the moment.”

On Friday the UK recorded 16,022 new coronavirus infections and 521 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.


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