Roll out of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine "could start next month"

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government has formally asked for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to be reviewed by regulators – and the rollout could begin next month.

Mr. Hancock told a press conference in Downing Street that the company had already started filing data with the MHRA and would be submitting full data in the coming days.

He said the speed at which a vaccine is rolled out depends on the speed at which it can be manufactured at the Pfizer factory.

He said, “What I can say about timing is that if – and it is still an if – the regulator approves a vaccine, we will be ready to start the vaccination next month, with most of the rollout in the new year will take place.

“We are going in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.

“Coronavirus currently remains a major threat.”

“This is another important step forward in tackling this pandemic,” he added.

“Of course, if a vaccine is approved it will be available across the UK from our NHS, free at the point of delivery on demand, unable to pay.”

Vaccination centers will be set up across the country, hospitals will have centers to vaccinate staff, and GPs will create community teams

Earlier, Mr Hancock called the vaccine rollout program “one of the largest civilian projects in history” and confirmed volunteers are currently being trained.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today program: “Training is now taking place.

“We have changed the law to change the number of clinically qualified people who can vaccinate as this is going to be one of the largest civilian projects in history.

“It will be led by the NHS, which of course has annual experience of a large-scale influenza vaccination program, and will involve general practitioners, including the wider NHS and hospitals.

He said the ‘freezers’ had been’ stabilizing ‘in recent weeks to be ready for the Pfizer vaccine, which must be stored at -70 ° C, and confirmed that the NHS would have’ access to all state resources. perhaps they should “help with the massive delivery of vaccines.