First vials of Covid-19 vaccine come to Britain

The first vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to battle Covid-19 have arrived in Britain.

It’s hoped vaccinations will start next Tuesday, said Chris Hopson, the CEO of NHS Providers.

The serum’s arrival comes as infections rates across England – apart from the North East – have dropped.

Meanwhile, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) defended the speed of its approval decision.

In a statement it said:

“We have rigorously assessed the data in the shortest time possible, without compromising the thoroughness of our review”.

The estimated R number for coronavirus has dropped to between 0.8 and 1.0 – it’s lowest level since August.

The R number is the average number of people with Covid-19 go on to infect.

The latest figures show new infections are dropping by 1% and 3% every day.











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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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