1st consignment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine arrives in UK
Published: 12:47 PM, 4 December 2020 Updated: 12:48 PM, 4 December 2020
The first consignment of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in the UK.
The consignment has been kept in an undisclosed location and will be distributed to hospital vaccination centers around the UK.
The UK ordered 40 million doses to vaccinate 20 million citizens.
British deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said the first wave of vaccinations could prevent up to 99 percent of Covid-19 hospital admissions and deaths.
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam told BBC News that would be possible if everyone on the first priority list took the vaccine and it was highly effective.
He said it was key to distribute the vaccine “as fast” and at the “highest volume” as possible.
He also mentioned that there would need to be some flexibility.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were manufactured in Belgium and reached the UK via the Eurotunnel.