Nearly 140,000 people in the UK have already received the first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 in the first week of the vaccination campaign in the country, the minister in charge of the vaccination program said today.
The vaccine, which was approved for emergency use two weeks ago, went on sale on December 8, as Britain became the first country to grant the vaccine for use outside of clinical trials.
“This is a really good start to the vaccination program. It was 7 days and we did: England: 108,000, Wales: 7,897, Northern Ireland: 4,000, Scotland: 18,000. United Kingdom total: 137,897 “notes in a Twitter message Nadim Zahawi.
“This number will increase as we have put in place hundreds of PCNs (primary care networks),” he said.
This vaccine is given in two doses with an interval of 21 days between them, so with only the first dose one is not yet fully protected.
The first batch of vaccines received by Britain contains 800,000 doses, which must be stored at -70 degrees Celsius or less and can be refrigerated for five days once thawed.
In total, Britain has ordered 40 million doses of this Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and British Health Minister Matt Hancock has said he expects to receive millions of doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.
The United States and Canada began administering the vaccine on Monday.
(Source of information: ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ)