The UK is the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use.

MHRA has authorised the supply of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency supply under Regulation 174; Companies are reportedly ready to deliver the first doses to the UK immediately.

“The government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said.

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.”

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is understood to perform even better than previously thought with 95% efficacy, this paved the way for regulators to grant an emergency licence and vaccination campaigns to begin.

Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, said in a news release:

“Today’s Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19. This authorization is a goal we have been working toward since we first declared that science will win, and we applaud the MHRA for their ability to conduct a careful assessment and take timely action to help protect the people of the U.K. As we anticipate further authorizations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world. With thousands of people becoming infected, every day matters in the collective race to end this devastating pandemic.”

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 in England

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.”

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maurice10

There is one aspect of COVID that has astonished many scientists, and that’s the dramatic ramifications it has wrought across the globe. Sadly, this could reignite interest in germ warfare by those who only seek to harm? If proof were needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of a pandemic this was it. To guard against the use of germs by terrorists, a lot of medical countermeasures are surely going to be needed in the coming years to protect against new strains of COVID being developed?

julian1

I agree. I also see inspiration for the next James Bond film….

Andy P

Not sure I’d pay to go and see James Bond sat on his sofa watching Netflix and interfering with himself…..

That’s most folks experience of Covid. 😉

JohnG

I am of the opinion that this is already rather too close to the ‘germ warfare’ category for comfort. Bearing in mind the timing of the virus, the suspected origin and the category of people it affects worse, i.e. those who are old, those whom are already unwell and those who are obese. It doesn’t take much to look at the countries who have obese, aging populations and good healthcare systems (so able to significantly prolong the lives of people with underlying health conditions) to see who this would hit the hardest.

RobW

Pretty much every illness would affect those categories the most.

Captain P Wash

So just let them all die then ??????

RobW

Of course not. He was implying Covid was unleashed to target those groups, whereas they are always the most vulnerable to disease so it’s hardly evidence of a conspiracy.

Jonny

I agree RobW. Are there any diseases that affect the young and fit bodied more than the old?

JohnG

Spanish Flu is one that comes to mind. There are others though. Not all illnesses affect obese people either. Not wanting to repeat myself, I merely found the combination of all the factors I listed above to be somewhat eyebrow raising, especially within the context of germ warfare.

Captain P Wash

Lung problems can affect young and old, there are millions of people with respiratory illnesses not just caused by smoking, It’s these people that are at risk, whatever their age, as well.

Captain P Wash

I see people saying things like ” But It’s only killing Old and Ill people ” on other sites, that just horrifies me. 1.5 million and counting, poor souls.

RobW

Yes I have seen many comments like that, as if its OK to kill off the older generations before their time. Bet they won’t think like that when they are older.

Captain P Wash

Indeed mate.

maurice10

COVID is an economic germ in the wrong hands and has possibly demonstrated a degree of discrimination? It’s almost a tailor made contagion and it’s that aspect that’s concerned me the most. I know it’s unlikely, but is it possible that it was a deliberate act on the part of some third party? China may have been the source but not the perpetrator, as it certainly did great damaged them too!

JohnG

The thing I struggle with Is, assuming it was made deliberately, what government would be heartless/ foolish enough to release it on their own population? Maybe if they could limit the area the infection occurred in before it went international and then shut the borders? Still seems incredibly risky though. Only thing mitigating it would be a pre vaccinated population (which would be very suspect for the rest of the world), or enough power to keep it local with a vaccine pre developed for rapid roll out. You are quite right though, the economic impact of this virus has been… Read more »

maurice10

The thorny question that must be confusing the powers at be, is who pays for the increase in biological developments going forward. If it can be proved that the COVID-19 was in fact a test tube creation, would any future anti-COVID developments come under the MOD as it appears Cyber has, or the Department of Health?? Whichever way it goes, someone will need to find a huge sum of money, and what programmes will have to go to pay for it?

JohnG

That’s the thing isn’t it? I read some article the gist of which was that some countries are looking to sue China for COVID, if this is true I very much doubt it will work and even if it did work it would be too late to use the money for COVID preventative measures. IMHO the cheapest way to prepare a country for this sort of thing is to have a fit and healthy population. I understand previously in history this basic understanding of the correlation between population health and war fighting ability did lead to greater improvements in public… Read more »

Paul.P

I always thought Ridley Scott was onto something with Prometheus. With mRNA vaccines now I’m sure 🙂

ETH

This is excellent news.

Captain P Wash

Just wondering why this is on an otherwise great Defence related Site ? …… It’s being done to death on every other FarceBook and Twatter site.

Squirrel Nutkins

Because aren’t the military going to be involved in transporting it as well as setting up vaccine clinics for it. I’m only assuming skip.

JohnG

Yes, I agree with this. Have said so before. Although the comments from the people on this site are usually fantastic, or spark interesting conversations, so from that angle it’s not too bad.

Jonathan

Because if you look at the clues, you can see that western civilisation is possibly the most fragile civilisation ever to exist in regards to bio security and resilience. A quite frankly middle of the road novel seasonal respiratory virus has shatter our economy and paralysed our society for a year. ive spent a lot of time considering pandemic risks and mitigation, what has happened with Covid-19 has really shown that western society would not manage a really significant pandemic. key character of covid, Natural R03, case mortality rate 1% (ish), seasonal respiratory virus, impacts mainly of the frail elderly… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli

A sobering post Jonathan.

Paul.P

A bit too gloomy a view I think. Agree on public health; clean water, sewers etc. Our failure to manage covid was really due to neglect of well understood infection control measures; clean hands, don’t get in other people’s face and quarantine, Only 1/4 people testing positive did the self isolation. Did they not understand the importance of this or did self interest trump community spirit? Are too many people living hand to mouth? Why did gov not trust local public health strucrures? Is this a reflection of institutionalised mistrust between central and local government; of a vertically broken society… Read more »

Jonathan

Hi Paul it’s not so much about being gloomy. I’ve saved many a life because I assumed and planned for the worst. I’ve also seen and investigated many deaths caused in the main by the human unwillingness to accept that the worst is just as likely an outcome as the best. But the difference is “not planning and thinking” about the best never leads to death and misery, but not thinking aboutbelieving the worst can happen and planning for it does. I admit I have a very different view than most but that’s because I have seen more than most… Read more »

Andy P

The title was hardly misleading, you didn’t need to read the article if it doesn’t appeal to you.

Captain P Wash

Oh please Andy, it was a perfectly fair question to ask on a Defence site. It’s not like I bother to reply to all the Political rubbish that gets thrown about on here.

Herodotus

Not these days…anyway 🙂

Captain P Wash

You are right mate, I’m back here and I’d like to just get on with you and everyone else. So If it’s OK with you, I’d like to say sorry for my previous comments towards you and move forward. This is a great site with some brilliant posters, all mixed in with a dash of humour, Passion and Expert Knowledge. Personally I had my third wake up call earlier in the year with a ruptured Intestine, I’m happy to just be back on here and able to post. You OK with that ?

Herodotus

Sorry to hear about your intestines! Serious illness does tend to put things into perspective. At least you didn’t get Covid 19 to go with it!

Captain P Wash

I would not live after contracting that , due to Sarcoidosis ….. 32 years living with it now. 30% capacity as I type. The Diverticulitis was a real shock, 12 days not eating a thing, with 9 days not having a dump, all mixed up with 10 days of heavy dose Laxatives…… The Rupture was just a relief in many ways.

John Clark

Sarcoidosis you say, snap, I’ve had it for 17 years. Started with crippling arthritis and lung issues, these days it’s affecting my eyes and arthritis popping up all over the shop…. The gift that just keeps on giving!

Captain P Wash

I’m lucky, It’s only my lungs, you are really unlucky to have it in other parts too. It’s something no-one really knows about but many many of us have it.

Captain P Wash

You are very unlucky to have it in those places. It’s horrible.

John Clark

Mine originally presented as atheists, then hit the lungs. I used to do a lot of running and one day my ankles blew up for no apparent reason, whole body arthritis rapidly took hold and a bad cough. I’m sure you had the same issue, it takes a lot of medical head scratching before its diagnosed and and they fill you full of steroids. I was bad for a year before it finally eased off and it’s left me with rolling arthritis. It comes as goes and shifts about…. Interesting with the Covid vaccine, I was always told not to… Read more »

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Captain P Wash

Ten years before doctors actually diagnosed it, Open lung Biopsy and the thing up your nose into the lung with a sort of pliers to nip a bit ! then about 8 years on steroids, As you say mate, I don’t have the jab but will this one. For anyone interested, I personally have less Oxygen than someone standing on top of Everest without a bottle. it’s interesting how you can adapt though.

Paul.P

Good question; perhaps because covid is the enemy of all mankind which can only be defeated by ceasing to fight amongst ourselves; at least for a while. Hands, face, space while we wait for a vaccine developed by Turkish immigrants to Germany working with a US company; arrogant Europeans and Americans being taught a lesson in social cohesion by Asian nations such as South Korea……

dan

Thank you President Trump! So sad America believed all the lies the media told about you. God help us all from leftist Biden and his gang. Ugh

John Clark

Sorry Dan, not following, not sure what Trump had to do with the US vaccine, more to do with with the excellent US Scientific community??

Excellent news all round all round chaps and the UK vaccines is hot on its heals….

Wait for the conspiracy theories from the fu**wits, its going to be fun…

“I wont take it because the government is injecting me with tracking nanobots”

Personally, I would say, absolutely fine, don’t take it, but you cant travel abroad or send your ‘Typhoid Mary’ Children to school if you don’t…

pkcasimir

President Trump had a lot to do with the speedy development of the vaccine. If you get your news from the BBC, Sky News, or CNN you wouldn’t know anything about Operation Warp Speed, Trump’s plan to get a vaccine by January 2021:

Fact Sheet: Explaining Operation Warp Speed | HHS.gov

dave12

Yaaaawn!!! thank god Biden is in and introduce a little common sense to the brain dead.

Jonny

And you don’t think Biden would have done exactly the same? (While simultaneously supporting covid measures and wearing masks? Oh and not deliberately trying to start a race war or deny democracy?)

Mark B

Are you a Trump support or a republican pkcasimir?

Paul.P

He was also right about disinfectant. The citriodol eucalyptus spray the British army were using when they were distributing PPE was tested by Porton Down and it does actually kill the covid virus.

Jonathan

So does soap and water, cleaning handies and good enviromental hygiene are very underrated, just look at how men wash their hands ( or don’t ) in public toilet. How many people sneeze into their hands and wipe the snot into their pocket to something else…spitters, sneezers, None hand washers….just cus we have modern medicine does not mean you can wander around leaving yourself and others open to infectious disease…

Paul.P

Indeed. My girl friend tells me women are no better. Young Hand washes for young women are she says a cursory business. This virus survives for days on hard surfaces like door handles, toilet flush handles, stair rails, plastic packaging….thats why supermarket checkout staff suffered badly. They scan lots of padkages. Young restaurant staff not taught how to clean a table properly…clean cloths were not the norm. Hospital porters with unkempt long hair and plimsoles…and so it goes on.

Jonathan

Yes but they don’t wear plimsoles for long, just until their toes get run over by a trolley fully loaded with 20stone patient, oxygen cylinders, monitor, defibrillator and ventilator all being powered along by the ED staff nurse who really does not want be in the corridor for any longer than they have to…..and will not give any sympathy for the idiot with a now broken toe or two….

Paul T

I can assure you i wouldn’t be allowed to do my Job Wearing Plimsoles for the reasons Jonathan has stated,and where Hair Hygene is Extremely Important where Covid is concerned ive yet to Encounter any Staff with Long Hair that is ‘Unkempt’.

Paul.P

Glad to hear it. I have no reason to doubt the source of my information, a long time NHS employee, though now retired. We must hope that your experience and standards are the trending norm.

Herodotus

Fascinating pk…..Operation Warp Speed….did they come up with an operational Star Trek Tricorder as well. I bet your trusty Fox News hasn’t reported on Donald’s ‘Operation I’ve superglued my arse to to the oval office desk and I’m not leaving’. Not that Fox News want to report on the old loser these days 🙂

Mark B

oh don’t stop there John. How about use the NHS, Go to a public place, be employed in the UK etc.

We have been at war with this virus. We now need to consider that fact that we might have got off lightly. Do we need to eliminate viruses once and for all?

John Clark

Bar them from the NHS and public places hmmm. Well if you think that’s needed Mark, why not! Ha…. Joking aside, the general stupidly of some people has been breathtaking throughout the outbreak, remember the burnt G5 masts in Manchester …. Good grief, there’s good old fashioned thick as sh*t …. Then there’s that!!!! I wonder if some ‘internet Influencer’ told these people on Facebook/ Mumsnet etc that the answer to Covid19 was up their own arses, they would all disappear up them? We can only hope…. They say 25% won’t have the vaccine, seems about right….. These is no… Read more »

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Paul.P

Not really possible to eliminate it. HM Gov scientist said as much yesterday. We have to live with it. We will use vaccination, repeated if necessary of those over the age of about 55. The virus will circulate in the young and working age population who will catch it, recover snd probably acquire lifetime immunity. ( notwithstanding some with post viral debility) . Eventually as the older population die off the species as a whole acquires immunity which hopefully will be passed on in mothers milk to the next generation. Charles Darwin strikes again. Fight, adapt and survive to fight… Read more »

Patrick

dan you’re a moron, **** off back to Breitbart.

Martyn Parker

So the only views that are valid are the ones that you approve of? And you have the cheek to call the other bloke the moron, time you grew up little boy and accept the fact that people are allowed to have a different view to you

Patrick

Those aren’t views, it’s a bubch of lies and “alternative facts”. So why dont you grow up and realise that.

Martyn Parker

You’re a proper cockwomble

Patrick

And you’re a proper prat.

Jonathan

Can. Anyone join in or is this a private fight..

Patrick

Fell free to join in. Martyn seems to agree with Trump propaganda and doesn’t like when people dismiss it as the lies and BS it is.

dave12

Ahh you Trumpski supporters are so easily manipulated its seems ,but no surprise there lol!!

Paul.P

Nobody makes as much money as Donald Trump by being a moron. The working man in America voted for Trump because he fought for their jobs, Christians in America voted for Trump because he stood up for families. Obama made no attempt to confront the Chinese economic rape of the US. Trump put the problem of Mexican immigration back where it belongs, with the Mexican government who need to win their internal war with the drug gangs. Trump told Europe to start paying a fair share for their own defence. When Trump was elected the US was going south at… Read more »

dave12

Trump is Trump ,he is only there for Trump ,the rest is make believe and the shallow will follow ,sorry and try and back Trumpski claims with facts, I think you would find it hard to find ,unless you find some nutter on youtube or RT lol!!!!

Paul.P

He has done what he had done; lit the blue touch paper on the firework which a US society which has not dealt with its civil war.

AlexS

Approved bypassing all prudence and rules we are entering in new dangerous territory.
If they fail, it is the end of the West and its political system.

Damo

Which rules have they bypassed?

AlexS

The rules of the Time for a start.

All other vaccines take Time to be approved.
With knowledge about what does to birth and many medical situations.
Now we even have a new vaccine type mRNA.

Time is a teacher.
This is a very high risk bet.

dave12

What more of a Risk than Putin claiming to be the first with the vaccine
while only testing it on less than 30 people, who are you trying to kid lol!!!

John Clark

Boris just can’t win can he! Come along Alex, let’s not be glass half empty, it’s good news, the UK is the first to get going with roll out…..

It’s the best Christmas present we’ve ever had!

Paul.P

Whoa! I don’t believe any rules were bypassed. All that happened was that the data from the clinical studies was passed from Pfizer to the regulator on a continual basis rather than being batched up at the end of the trial. So the regulator was able to do parallel processing of tasks and assemble results at the end, rather than single threading. Thank Pfizer for handing data over promptly and the team at the regulator for their flexible working practices.

Julian

Agreed although the other aspect was merging the phase 2 and phase 3 trials and that hasn’t bypassed any rules either as far as the final analysis is concerned. Phase 2 is a lot to do with financial rather than clinical considerations, do a smaller and less expensive phase 2 trial first and then pause to carefully analyse the results to determine whether efficacy and safety data looks good enough to go on to put the really big money on the table to run much bigger and more expensive phase 3 trials to collect the full data needed for approval.… Read more »

AlexS

Do the pharma companies still have the weaving of legal responsibility due to side effects of these vaccines in their hands or not?
So the State and companies agree these vaccines have a potential higher level of risk.

Paul T

Interesting Point,apparently our Government have Granted Pfizer a Waiver/Non Disclaimer for this Vaccine to avoid any Potential Legal Issues if there are Problems.

geoff

Good news. We have been told here in SA that there will be a short wait and see period before we commit to any particular vaccine. There are concerns about the strict conditions, particularly with regard to temperature at which this medicine must be transported. For some reason South Africans have been less seriously affected than those of you in parts of Europe and North America. Our relatively much younger population profile, natural immunities from exposure to a broad spectrum of diseases and perhaps our climate have combined such that we have not witnessed scenes like those in Northern Italy… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli

Morning geoff. I have been saying that for years with regards to the UK and wider immigration issue, but apparently I’m a racist for mentioning it!! For some reason when I lay out the consequences after 100 years there is silence. A bathtub will overflow if too much water is put in it. Likewise a small country like the UK can only support so many. If the inflow of people in the form of migration/birth rate outnumbers the people emigrating/dying AND we have an ageing population too, game over. I’m glad I won’t be around in 100 years to see… Read more »

geoff

Morning Daniele. Same page my friend. Halt and reverse population growth and all good things follow thereafter-the biggest issue facing mankind yet they(apart from you and I) cannot see it!!
Overcast, dull kak(Afrikaans for sh*t) weather here in Durbs today-rain and humidity in between!
Cheers

Daniele Mandelli

Overcast, rain and drizzle in Surrey.

And I have learned something. Heard that term “kak” mentioned many times in my life and never thought of its origin.

Now I know.

Cheers mate.

Captain P Wash

Same weather here, just got back from a Bike trip, not the nicest weather.
“Kak” is a word I used to hear a lot but never knew it’s origins, Every day is a school day on here !

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Jonathan

lovely bit of drizzle, can’t beat it. I will take that over a full on rainstorm or baking hot sunny day any day of the week.

Captain P Wash

ha, you ride too then !

Jonathan

Daniele your basic premise is not wrong ( and it’s only racist if a person focus on specific groups or cultures) But unfortunately modern economies have a very big catch 22 when it comes to population. 1) modern economies must grow to survive, the modern economic model does not allow for stable or negative growth. 2) economies grow by increasing the population of economically active individual ( 18 to 67 year olds). 3) economically active elements of the population turn into inactive elements over time ( retirement and chronic illness). Increasing the burden on the economy…..move to point one and… Read more »

Jonathan

It is very interesting, I love the physiology and messaging around the new RNA messenger vaccines. The reality is we are in such a mess that on balance we are taking a more risky approach with these new RNA vaccines. Covid is on its way to a second million dead in around a year and our mitigation’s are tanking the world economy (we need to have them or the virus will overwhelm our health systems will tank our economies anyway) so we are playing a high risk game and on the other side of the risk balance is the normal… Read more »

John Clark

There is no guarantee in this world Johnathan, the vaccine has an element of risk, but far greater risks are being taken every day by all the obese / smoking / heavy drinking / pill popping etc people in the UK….

Roll out and let’s get back to normal by this time next year…..

AlexS

He is pointing that the vaccine has more risk than other vaccines due to new technology and super short time span for testing.
Your answer is meaningless La Palissade you can say the same about getting out of your bed or staying in it…