The United Kingdom can approve Pfizer and Biotech vaccines before the United States. The National Health Service (NHS) has been asked to be ready for this by December 1.
The report was published on The Telegraph site on Sunday, The Guardian reported in the UK. Citing multiple government sources, one of their reports said that the approval of the vaccine could be matched this week. UK regulators are set to begin a formal assessment of the vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it would hold a meeting on December 10 to approve the vaccine.
However, the UK Department of Health did not comment on the exact date of the first vaccination until yesterday. A spokesman for the Department of Health said the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is in charge of vaccine care in the UK, is independent in making Pfizer vaccine decisions. It may take as long as it takes to evaluate the final data of their vaccine. Many plans have been prepared in the healthcare sector for vaccination of Covid-19.
Last week the UK government asked MHRA to test the Pfizer vaccine. The country has already ordered 40 million doses of vaccines. But it expects to receive one million doses of vaccine this year, which is expected to be enough to protect the country's 5 million people.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said yesterday that his country would run a massive immunization program from January. Within three months, a significant portion of the country's total population will be vaccinated.
Pedro said Spain and Germany, as the first countries in the European Union, have plans for a full immunization program. Spain has 13,000 immunization centers ready for vaccination next January.
Meanwhile, Monsef Slaui, head of the US Immunization Program, has given a specific date for the vaccination. He says U.S. citizens can first get the vaccine on Dec. 11. This information was given in a report of CNN yesterday.
In an interview with CNN, Monsef said the vaccine is planned to reach the vaccination center within 24 hours of receiving approval. It is hoped that vaccinations will begin the day after the approval or within two days. The probable date maybe 11 or 12 December.
Germany may also start vaccinating Kovid-19 next month. The country's health minister Jens Span gave this information to the media. "There is reason to be optimistic that a vaccine will be approved in Europe this year," he said. He called on the German government to set up a vaccination center by mid-December in preparation for the vaccination. The country has secured more than 300 million doses of vaccine through various agreements. Span said the ticker they ordered was more than needed. If necessary, it can be shared with other countries.
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