Exercise Panacea was held at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol.

Ashton Gate is a mass-testing hub where tens of thousands of people will be vaccinated, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the newspaper, 20 to 30 staff and volunteers looped through the building acting as different patients.

“They are reported to have trialled scenarios including a patient suffering an adverse reaction before vaccinations are delivered at the stadium for up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. The hubs will reportedly be used to vaccinate the wider population, while GP practices target NHS and care home staff and some patients.”

On the 2nd of December, the Pfizer vaccine BNT162b2 was approved by the MHRA making the UK the first country in the world to approve a COVID–19 vaccination. The first consignment of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived in the UK on the 3rd of December.

Who will get the vaccine

The NHS will start giving the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available. At first, the vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus, before being offered more widely.

The vaccine will first be offered to:

  • people who live in care homes and care home workers
  • people aged 80 and over
  • health and social care workers

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said:

“The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination. To aid the success of the vaccination programme it is vital everyone continues to play their part and abide by the necessary restrictions in their area so we can further suppress the virus and allow the NHS to do its work without being overwhelmed. Further details will be set out shortly.”

Around 100 NHS hospitals around the UK are standing by to roll out the vaccine within the coming days.

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