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Health Canada's chief medical adviser said last week that several vaccine candidates are under review, and the first could be approved sometime this month.

"There are two tracts of vaccines we are working on". That means the shot will likely be used in Britain before the USA and the European Union.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also consults an outside panel of experts before it decides.

By traditional standards of vaccine development, this is fast. Malaysia's health-director general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said there's no intention to put the vaccine on fast-forward in light of the United Kingdom decision. That's why open and transparent communication about the rigorous clinical development processes that generate safety and efficacy data for these new vaccines is crucial. And different teams worked in parallel, rather than waiting for other parts of the review to finish.

The opening of the sites follows the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. "We started that in June".

"The details of the Armed Forces' plan become firm when we understand what support will be required by the provinces and territories", Vance said in an interview Wednesday.

What about the rest of Europe?

Dr. Supriya Sharma said at a briefing on November 26 that the agency expected to make a decision on approval at around the same time as regulators in the United States and Europe.

He told reporters on a call that the British agency was on a par with the FDA as the world's best regulator, and described it as being the "scientific engine" of the European Medicines Agency before Britain left the organization following Brexit. Deals will be finalized by December 15, but the successful company or companies who handle air, land, or other cargo deliveries will be tasked with getting these doses shipped across the country. Starting Tuesday night, those doses were being prepared for shipping at a factory in Puurs, Belgium, BioNTech said. In a media briefing this week, Pfizer executive Ralf Rene Reinert said the regulator quickly responded to new data throughout the process, sometimes in around 10 minutes, according to the WSJ.

Fortin adds Pfizer will be the first vaccine to arrive with deliveries expected in early January.

If you are severely immunocompromised, the vaccine may not give you full protection, and you may still need to be cocooned from exposure to others for a while to reduce your risk.

"During this pandemic phase, Pfizer will supply this vaccine only through government contracts based on agreements with respective government authorities and following regulatory authorisation or approval", the statement said. Most of its supply will come from a separate factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

In the meantime, the country's distribution plan is nearing finalization.

Who will be vaccinated first in Britain? It has to be stored at around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit) until days before injection.

AstraZeneca's vaccine can be kept in a normal refrigerator for six months, meaning it could be easier and cheaper to work with.

Eventually vaccination centres will be set up across the country, and it is planned that Global Positioning System will administer the vaccine.

The National Health Service has roughly 150,000 doctors and more than 330,000 nurses and midwives.