The news: The UK began vaccinating its population against covid-19 today, becoming the first country to start distributing the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, less than a week after approving it. It is given to home workers and people over 80 years old first, with a 90-year-old woman named Margaret Keenan, the first to receive him outside of a clinical trial, at Coventry University Hospital. The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which is enough to immunize 20 million people, or about a third of the country’s population. The British government is waiting receive a total of 4 million doses of vaccine by the end of December. The UK has recorded more covid-19-related deaths than anywhere else in Europe – more than 60,000. Its regulators are currently considering whether to also grant emergency approval for the covid-19 vaccine candidate. AstraZeneca / University of Oxford.
How it is administered: The process is complicated by the fact that the vaccine must be stored in special freezers at -70 ° C, comes in packages of 975 doses which currently cannot be divided into smaller lots, and each individual must be given two doses, three weeks apart. . As a result, the innoculations are initially administered from 50 hospitals across the country. They are volunteers.
What is happening elsewhere: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee is set to meet on December 10 to decide whether or not to grant emergency approval for Pfizer / BioNTech’s covid-19 vaccine, and will meet again on December 17 to review Moderna’s request for its vaccine. Russia and China have already started to vaccinate their populations.