The Queen could receive coronavirus vaccine within weeks

The Queen will reportedly receive the Covid-19 vaccine within weeks.

The head of the UK drug regulator said the goal of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which has approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, is “to protect every member of the population, including Her Majesty, of course” .

Because of their age, the Queen and Prince Philip would be considered a vaccine priority.

Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on the story in The Mail On Sunday, suggesting a public announcement would encourage more people to get the shot.

When asked about reports that the Queen, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, would have the jab in weeks and make it public, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Medical decisions are personal and we will not go into that. . “

Vaccinations will be administered in dozens of hospital centers starting Tuesday, with people over 80, nursing home workers and NHS employees at higher risk, the first to receive the shot.

Dr. June Raine, chief executive of the MHRA, was asked how she went about becoming a “global figure” and about reports that the queen will be shot in a few weeks.

She told BBC’s Andrew Marr: “I am proud, I am honored.

“I think the news you just gave us is humble, and it’s everything we do here at the MHRA.

“We are a public health organization, we work as full partners, if I can say, in the public health family, and our goal is totally to protect every member of the population, including Her Majesty, of course.”

Environment Minister George Eustice has said it will be a “personal decision” for the Queen whether to take the vaccine.

When asked on Times Radio if he would like to see the monarch take the vaccine and then publicly announce that she had, Mr. Eustice said, “It will be a personal decision for the Queen, as it is is for everyone.

“But it is very important that we try to ensure that people are reassured about this vaccine.

“It has been thoroughly tested, it has gone through a very rigorous authorization process and it is secure.

“It is very important that we vaccinate those vulnerable groups, a part of the older population, who are over 80, early.”

The Queen and her husband spent much of the second lockdown in England at their Berkshire residence and announced earlier this week that they will remain at Windsor Castle for Christmas, in anticipation of the annual royal gathering in Sandringham.