UK Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine
United Kingdom launches vaccine against coronavirus next week – a key component of a global epidemic that has killed 1.5 million people.
On Wednesday, the UK government became the first Western nation to approve one or 11 vaccines that have been in production since the epidemic began. Based on “months of major clinical trials and detailed analysis,” the UK approved the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines, which the trials proved to be safe and 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Speaking on television, UK Secretary of Health Matt Hancock praised the performance of his government officials but added, “The vaccine cannot be approved if it is not safe in the hospital.”
The Pfizer vaccine is one of three that recent research has revealed. The second test results, developed by Moderna, showed that it was 94% effective. The developers of the third edition, Oxford University and AstraZeneca, have released more evidence showing that 70% is completely useful, although questions were raised in the design of the case. All vaccines need to be shot twice in order to work. UK has not approved Moderna or Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccine.
In the United States, the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are awaiting emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration. On December 10, the FDA team will meet to consider Pfizer vaccine approval.
Although the first vaccine is due to start this month, ensuring that enough people are given it to end the epidemic could be a major problem in every month. Companies that produce legal vaccines will need to create more standards, and governments around the world will need to buy them, store them, and see how they can help people as quickly as possible.
The Pfizer vaccine should be stored at a low temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, making it more difficult to distribute it easily and evenly.
Who should receive the first vaccine available is a highly controversial issue. The first dose in the UK goes to health workers, because of their transmission of the virus and because the Pfizer vaccine should be stored in a very cold freezer, which makes it easier to treat. Followers will be the elderly who live in nursing homes and the people who care for them.
In the US, the CDC group on Tuesday voted to recommend that health workers and residents living in nursing homes should be vaccinated in public. The views on the panel have helped government governors decide who should be the first.