Pfizer says committed to supply COVID-19 vaccine across the globe


"And I would really like to emphasise that the highest standards of scrutiny, of safety and of effectiveness and quality have been met, global standards".

More than 5,000 members of the Armed Forces are on standby to assist with the roll-out, the majority to support the organisation and facilitation of vaccine centres at Nightingale hospitals, hospital trusts and inoculation centres. "There's really not one of us who hasn't been affected by this pandemic, and our organisation, like every other, has been completely focused on doing our job to be able to help defeat this bad disease". "We don't have the facility to bypass the rules", she warned.

Defrosting the vaccine takes a few hours and then additional time is required to prepare the vaccine for administering.

When asked about reports that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, would have the jab within weeks and share the news, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "Medical decisions are personal and this is not something we will comment on".

Mr Hancock said the government became doing all the pieces it could perhaps maybe perhaps to conquer "primary challenges" to create determined care dwelling residents had been vaccinated as soon as that you simply should maybe think of.

It's because of logistical issues with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, meaning there are difficulties getting it to residents.

While each of the vaccines will have "unique characteristics", the Pfizer doses are shaping up to prove the most logistically challenging.

Frontline healthcare staff, people over the age of 80 and care home workers will be among the first to get the vaccine as part of Phase 1 of the programme from Tuesday, which was approved for rollout by the UK's independent regulator earlier this week.

"So, everyone is working hard with our colleagues in the NHS, to make sure that happens safely".

The government says that it is working hard to bring the vaccine to those who need it.

Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the "life-saving jab".

That preparedness includes a "dry-run" for the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, where essentially a test distribution factoring in all the delicacies of the doses are taken into account, and ensuring health care workers are comfortable with the administration process, without using any actual vials.

Dr Gillies O'Bryan-Tear, chairman of the Policy and Com-munications Group at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, said the vaccine news meant the world could "breath a sigh of relief".