The spokesman mentioned that Britain had now ordered 40 million doses of the candidate vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, one in all six that the federal government has agreed provide offers for.
Pfizer Inc mentioned on Monday its experimental Covid-19 vaccine was greater than 90% efficient, a serious victory within the struggle towards a pandemic that has killed greater than 1,000,000 individuals, battered the world’s financial system and upended every day life.
“In total we have procured 40 million doses of the Pfizer candidate vaccine with 10 million of those doses being manufactured and available to the UK by the end of the year if the vaccine is approved by the regulators,” the spokesman mentioned.
Johnson has positioned England beneath a second nationwide lockdown to include a brand new wave of Covid-19 infections, however he has mentioned that the prospects of a vaccine are one trigger for optimism that the state of affairs will enhance by spring.
“The results are promising and while we are optimistic of a breakthrough we must remember there are no guarantees. We will know whether the vaccine is both safe and effective once the safety data has been published and only then can licensing authorities consider making it available to the public,” the spokesman mentioned.
“In the meantime the NHS (National Health Service) stands prepared to start the vaccination programme for these most in danger as soon as a Covid-19 vaccine is accessible, earlier than being rolled out extra extensively.”