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Coronavirus vaccine ‘arrives in the UK’ and is on its way to devolved nations
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been delivered to the UK ready for the first doses to be given out next week, according to Sky News.
Lorries of it are also on the way to the devolved nations.
The vaccine, which was approved for use in the UK this week, is manufactured in Belgium.
It has to be stored at -70C before it is used.
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The country has ordered 40 million doses of the drug enough to vaccinate 20 million people with two doses, given 21 days apart.
Tory frontbencher Lord Bethell told peers ‘an enormous army’ of people had been mobilised to administer doses, including NHS staff, pharmacists and retired healthcare workers.
Taking questions on the vaccine rollout in the Lords, Lord Bethell said public concerns about the vaccine were ‘relatively low’ and the authorities were engaging with anyone who had worries ‘with respect and in the spirit of dialogue in order to try and present the evidence in a transparent and reassuring way.’
He added: ‘That approach seems to have paid dividends and I am encouraged that the British public will be stepping forward for the vaccine in very very large numbers.’
Lord Bethell told peers: ‘It won’t be politicians who lead the charge on the vaccine.
‘I don’t think that would be a helpful way of doing it.
‘What we are aiming to do is put science and the NHS at the front of our communications on the vaccine.
‘Those are the people who are truly engaged with both the expertise and with the communities that need to take the vaccine and that’s going to be our approach.’