The UK is the primary nation to approve the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be used
A worker passes a row of freezers containing vaccine candidate BNT162b2 for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a Pfizer facility in Puurs, Belgium, in an undated photo.
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The UK was the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer / BioNtech coronavirus vaccine and make it available next week.
“The government today accepted the recommendation from the Independent Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine,” the government said on Wednesday.
“The vaccine will be available across the UK from next week.”
BioNTech, the German biotechnology company that developed the vaccine with Pfizer, said in a statement that the companies are ready to ship the first doses to the UK immediately.
Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said the approval of the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) was a “historic moment”.
“Today’s emergency approval in the UK marks a historic moment in the fight against Covid-19. This approval is a goal we have been working towards since we first declared that science will win and we applaud the MHRA for its ability to provide a careful assessment and timely action to protect the people of the UK, “he said.
“As we await further approvals and approvals, we focus on delivering a safe, high quality vaccine safely around the world with the same urgency. With thousands of people infected, every day is in the collective race to end this devastating.” Event of importance. ” Pandemic.”
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