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UK becomes first country to approve Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine

December 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been granted temporary authorization for emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, the companies announced.

(CNN)Drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been granted temporary authorization for emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, the companies announced.

The vaccine will be made available across the UK starting next week, a spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement.

More details will be released soon, including advice for priority groups like the elderly and health care staff to receive the vaccine.

Pfizer and BioNTech previously said that analysis of the vaccine showed it was 95% effective with no safety concerns.

"The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.

The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination," the statement added.

"This authorization is a goal we have been working toward since we first declared that science will win, and we applaud the (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) for their ability to conduct a careful assessment and take timely action to help protect the people of the UK," he said.

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