The UK has approved a COVID-19 vaccine and plans to implement the treatment as early as next week. British care home residents, older adults and health care workers will bewith the groundbreaking vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to tackle the .
The British government has assured the public the vaccine is safe, having been through rigorous clinical trials with the results analyzed by the national medicine regulator. Some 800,000 doses will be distributed to vulnerable people in the next week, while the majority of the population will be vaccinated in the new year.
Thein development as the world's scientists race to fight the pandemic. Developed by German biotech firm BioNTech and US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, it's also to fight the illness. The treatment is reported to be over 90% effective.
The vaccine has to be stored at a temperature of -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit), so is expected to be administered in hospitals at first until suitable storage is rolled out to other locations.
Theand a similar . The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the UK in approving one or more of the treatments soon.
Russia and China have already approved vaccines, but without large-scale testing.
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