Britain approves Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19

Dec 02 , 2020. 2 hours ago – 20:18 KYODO NEWS

LONDON – Britain on Wednesday became the first nation to approve a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and German partner BioNTech SE, saying it will be delivered next week throughout the country.

“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 British government said in a statement, referring to the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that deliveries of the vaccine will commence across the country early next week, promising “Help is on its way” in a Twitter post.

“It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again,” tweeted U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Pfizer and BioNTech recently applied for approval of the vaccine in the European Union and the United States, and are expected to also apply for approval from the Japanese government, which has agreed in principle to receive vaccine doses for 60 million people from the companies.