Left Menu
Development News Edition

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could get UK approval this week - Telegraph

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that it would meet on Dec. 10 to discuss whether to authorise the vaccine. The UK Department of Health had no comment on Sunday on when the first vaccinations would be administered.

Reuters | Updated: 23-11-2020 02:41 IST | Created: 23-11-2020 02:31 IST
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could get UK approval this week - Telegraph
Representative Image Image Credit: Wikipedia

Britain could give regulatory approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine this week, even before the United States authorises it, the Telegraph news site reported on Sunday.

Citing government sources, it said British regulators were about to start a formal appraisal of the vaccine, made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, and that the National Health Service had been told to be ready to administer it by Dec. 1. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that it would meet on Dec. 10 to discuss whether to authorise the vaccine.

The UK Department of Health had no comment on Sunday on when the first vaccinations would be administered. A spokesman said the authorisation process by the medical regulator Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is independent of the government and will take as long as they need to review the final data from Pfizer.

"An enormous amount of planning has taken place to ensure our health service stands ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine," the spokesman added. Britain formally asked its medical regulator, the MHRA, last week to assess the suitability of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Britain has ordered 40 million doses and expects to have 10 million doses, enough to protect 5 million people, available by the end of the year if regulators approve it.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Turbulence surrounding tobacco control in Ghana

... ...

Smart healthcare: IoT redefining the way healthcare is delivered

As the world is embracing the new wave of digitalization triggered by the pandemic and the arrival of 5G, the adoption of IoT devices will further boom. With adoption set to soar, IoT security issues and other challenges cant be ignored any...

Refugee compassion and response: Ideas to mitigate disasters now and in their future

Their homeland becomes a forbidden territory for them and more likely than not, their journey to foreign soil is no less traumatizing, not to say deadly. It is crucial to help refugees live a life of dignity and purpose....

Inadequate water infrastructure causes a tidal wave of coronavirus in rural Alaska

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Hitachi ABB Power, Ashok Leyland, IIT-Madras team up for e-mobility pilot

Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India, Ashok Leyland and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras IIT-M on Friday announced a partnership for an e-mobility pilot. The tripartite partnership will run an electric bus e-bus pilot to support sustai...

Maha: 157 new COVID-19 cases in Aurangabad; four more deaths

The COVID-19 caseload in Maharashtras Aurangabad district has reached 42,914, after 157 persons tested positive for the infection, an official said on Friday. Besides the latest cases detected on Thursday, the district also recorded four mo...

Uttarakhand CM pays tribute to Army soldier killed in ceasefire by Pakistan

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday expressed grief over the demise of Indian Army Subedar Swatantra Singh who was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu a...

Clashes erupt as farmers blocked from entering Delhi to protest over new law

Thousands of Indian farmers scuffled with police on Friday as they tried to march to the capital, Delhi, in protest against new laws liberalising procurement that they say will leave them vulnerable to big companies. Police fired tear gas a...

Give Feedback