UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine will be ready to distribute next week.
“We are ready to roll out, this vaccine now has been approved from early next week," he said, speaking on Sky News.
According to Hancock, the vaccine will be distributed in three ways:
- Health care facilities: 50 hospitals nationwide are already ready and waiting to receive the vaccine.
- Vaccination centers, where people can go get vaccinated, are also being set up.
- Community rollout will include general practitioners and pharmacists.
"I just want to thank all of the scientists (at) BioNTech and Pfizer, who are manufacturing this, who we've worked so closely with," Hancock said. "We're the first country in the world to have a clinically authorized vaccine to roll out.”
The government's clinical committee will give their advice later Wednesday about which priority groups will get the vaccine first and in which order.