Green light for first Covid-19 jab looms: Vaccine 'to be given to the public in DAYS' as army and NHS set up 10 inoculation hubs - but the UK still hasn't taken delivery of a single dose

The UK medicines regulator is posed to license one of the coronavirus vaccines for emergency use within days as the Armed Forces and the NHS urgently start preparing for its distribution at around 10 'vaccine hubs'. Military personnel are turning locations across the country into mass vaccine sites, including the mothballed Nightingale hospital at London ExCel centre, Epsom racecourse in Surrey, and Ashton Gate football stadium in Bristol. Northern locations include the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, the Centre for Life science park in Newcastle, and Leicester racecourse. The Army is expected to play a role in the delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine due to the challenges presented by its low temperature storage requirements, with almost 3,000 personnel assisting with 54 live government requests as of last week. Another 14,000 are on standby to help with the pandemic under the Government's winter plan. But UK officials last night admitted that the Government does not yet have any of the jabs in its possession, meaning that vaccination from Covid-19 is unlikely to be extended beyond health and care workers this Christmas.

Publish : 2020-12-02 11:09:00

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