The Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been allowed for use in the United Kingdom, with the 1st shots expected to be given on Monday because of the surge in Coronavirus cases. However, the United Kingdom has placed an order for a hundred million vaccine doses that would be enough for around fifty million patients.
Matt Hancock (the Health Secretary) described that this will cover the whole population of the country, when joined with the complete order of Pfizer and BioNTech jabs. Besides this, it arrives as millions of more people in England are likely to be placed under the challenging tier four guidelines.
Thus far, Tuesday, around 53,135 novel Coronavirus infections were tracked in the United Kingdom, which is the one-day rise since mass testing started, as around 414 further deaths during twenty-eight days of a positive test.
The head of MHRA (the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency), Dr. June Raine, described that the coronavirus vaccine can save thousands of lives and added that ‘no corners have been cut’ in obtaining the effectiveness and safety of the jab.
Boris Johnson praised British science
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the U.K., labeled the Coronavirus vaccine progress as a victory for British science, saying that they will now move to vaccinate as many people as soon as possible.
Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical regulator, admired the considerable combined struggle that has brought them to this point.
Starting from the upcoming week, Coronavirus vaccination camps will initiate allowing COVID-19 patients to visit and get the jab made by Oxford AstraZeneca.
The Oxford AstraZeneca is considered important because it is significantly easier to distribute and store. Furthermore, you can keep it at regular fridge temperature, which is very unlike the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech that requires -70C temperature.
The Oxford AstraZeneca gains more confidence about its shipping because this vaccine is the U.K. made, on the other hand, Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine has to be delivered from Belgium.
Dr. Richard Vautrey, British Medical Association GP Leader, said that it should certainly be possible if there is sufficient supply.
Above 600,000 COVID-19 patients in the United Kingdom have been received Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shots since Margaret Keenan turned out the 1st in the world to be given a coronavirus vaccine outside of the clinical trials.