The British people are now ready to receive the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, on a day called “V-Day” which marks – among other things – the “premiere” of the Pfizer and BioNTech preparation.
Around 70 health centers across the UK are preparing to vaccinate citizens over the age of 80 and healthcare workers and care units. According to the relevant campaign, the program aims to protect the most vulnerable groups and restore daily life to a normal.
The United Kingdom will be the first country in the world to start using the Pfizer vaccine after regulators approved its use last week, with British Health Secretary Matt Hancock stressing that there is now “light at the end of the tunnel”. .
“Today V-day is characterized as one of the key moments in the fight against this terrible disease,” he added.
For his part, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Today marks a huge step forward in the UK’s fight against coronavirus.”
London has secured 800,000 doses of the vaccine to start, but 40 million doses have been ordered – enough to vaccinate 20 million people in the 67 million country.
Note that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is stored at a temperature of at least -70 degrees Celsius and lasts for five days under normal freezing temperatures. For this reason, the Ministry of Health stressed that the vaccine will be given first to 70 hospitals, noting that it will take a few hours to thaw each vaccine and prepare it for use.
With information from BBC