Tens of thousands of people in the UK will start taking orders Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine The UK’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSC) says it will start the week, after Britain became the first country in the West to approve the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday.
The initial vaccination consists of two doses that take place three weeks apart – to give priority to residents and staff, people in their 80s and health and care workers, DCHS said in a statement.
Up to 800,000 doses of the vaccine, enough to vaccinate 400,000 people, will be available next week.
The statement said Britain had already ordered 40 million drugs, “enough to vaccinate up to a third of the population and most expected in the first half of last year.”
Here’s how the distribution process will work:
- Pfizer to ship vaccine from Belgium to UK This is followed by post-shipment quality assurance procedures to ensure the quality and integrity of the vaccine.
- Once all tests are completed, the vaccine will be available for purchase by a National Health Service (NHS) authorized facility.
- The order will be packaged and shipped according to the storage temperature required for each vaccine. Vaccines are usually shipped the next day on the delivery schedule, except in remote UK areas where delivery may take up to 48 hours.
- The injection of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 is complicated because it needs to be stored at room temperature and moved carefully, so it can be delivered from “Hubs Hospital” at first. The reduced vaccination takes a few hours and then more time is needed to prepare the vaccine for administration.
- Half of the vaccination phase begins after it has been distributed.
CNN’s Max Foster reports on UK vaccine release plans: