The New Paper

December 8, 2020

UK begins coronavirus vaccinations

The UK began administering a coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech today, becoming the first Western nation to administer a vaccine and the third to do so globally (joining Russia and China). Roughly 800k doses are expected to be available this week, with initial doses being allocated to certain healthcare workers and people over 80 years old (mirroring similar recommendations made by a US-based advisory panel last week).

Extra: Meanwhile, Pfizer and BioNTech have requested emergency authorization from the FDA and expect to receive a decision this month (potentially as early as this week).

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