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Britain makes transfers up to to deploy its first Covid-19 vaccine, with plans to shoot in more than 1,000 centers across the country in the coming weeks, with the first blow to be made on Tuesday.
The vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE has arrived in safe locations in the UK from Belgium, the Health and Social Care Department said on Sunday. After quality checks to make sure the jaws are kept at the right temperature, the shots will be available at 50 hospital centers across the country before being distributed to doctor-run vaccination centers that will administer the jaws.
Britain will be the first western country to introduce the Covid-19 vaccine regulators approved Pfizer-BioNTech shots on Wednesday. The government has bought 40 million doses from companies, enough to vaccinate 20 million people in two doses. The shots will be given in order of priority when the first vaccines are given to people in the care home, including staff, and people over the age of 80.
According to a separate NHS England announcement, patients with patient vaccines are scheduled to arrive on Mondays with the first vaccinations starting on Tuesday. age 80 and more already the hospital or attending meetings there among the first to receive the jaggs, the NHS said. All appointments not used for the first priority groups will be allocated Health Care workers at high risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
“This next week will be a historic moment as we begin vaccination against Covid-19,” British Health Secretary Matt Henkock said in a statement. “We’re doing our best to make sure we can overcome significant challenges to vaccinate nursing home residents.”
One of the in the coming weeks, the main challenges will be to keep the vaccine at the right temperature. The shot should be stored at about minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit) and can only be moved four times in this cold circuit before use, NHS England says. Once thawed, the frame life is several days. Each vaccine box containing five packs of 975 doses must be unpacked manually and the temperature downloaded to check that it has not changed during transport.
As more vaccines become available, smaller sites, such as local pharmacies, will also be involved in administering the jabs, the government said.