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Posted 2020-11-10 23:05:54 UTC

The Pfizer Vaccine – What We Know So Far

The first effective coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, preliminary studies show. The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity".

 

Is It Safe?

 

The new vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised. 

 

When Will It Be Available?

 

The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month. The NHS is ready to start providing the new coronavirus vaccine "as fast as safely possible", Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. Asked whether it could be available by Christmas, he said that was "absolutely a possibility" - but he expected the mass roll-out "in the first part of next year".

 

 

We still need to practice good hygiene, wear masks and wash our hands regularly.

 

What Is the New Vaccine and How Effective Is It?

 

The vaccine trains the immune system to fight coronavirus.It is a new type of vaccine called an RNA vaccine and uses a tiny fragment of the virus' genetic code. This starts making part of the virus inside the body, which the immune system recognises as foreign and starts to attack.

 

It is given in two doses - three weeks apart - and early data suggests it protects more than 90% of people from developing Covid symptoms.

 

Who Will Get It First and How Soon Can I Have It?

 

It depends how old you are, as age is the biggest risk factor for severe Covid-19.

  

In the UK, older care home residents and care home staff are top of the preliminary priority list. They are followed by health workers such as hospital staff.  

  

People are then ranked by age, with people under 50 at the bottom of the list. The first jabs may take place before Christmas if everything goes smoothly.

 

The vaccine will be delivered through care homes, GPs and pharmacists as well as "go-to" vaccination centres set up in venues such as sports halls.

 

The UK has already ordered 40 million doses - enough to vaccinate up to 20 million people as each person will need two doses for it to work effectively.

 

But Boris Johnson has warned people not to "rely on this news as a solution" as it is still "very, very early days".

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