PM to hold 5pm conference telling Brits vaccine will let us ‘reclaim our lives’

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The Prime Minister will hold a press conference today after the UK approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Boris Johnson said the vaccine will "allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again".

The Government announced this morning the coronavirus vaccine has been approved, with the NHS ready to start the roll out next week.

Scientists found it offers up to 95% protection against the coronavirus and works in all age groups.

The PM will hold a press conference in Downing Street at 5pm following the approval being granted.

He tweeted it was "fantastic" regulators have formally authorised the vaccine, adding: "The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week.

"It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again."

He is expected to discuss the vaccine developments, as well as England's exit from the second national lockdown back into the regional tiered system today.

The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine – enough to vaccinate 20 million people as it requires two shots each.

Professor Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, described it as a "step towards normality".

  • Government approves Pfizer Covid vaccine as NHS ready to provide jab 'within days'

But he warned Brits not to "lower our guard yet".

He tweeted: "The independent regulator authorised the first vaccine for use against Covid-19.

"This is excellent news and a step towards normality.

"It will take until spring until the vulnerable population who wish to are fully vaccinated. We can't lower our guard yet."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 800,000 doses of the vaccine will be available next week.

The Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) is due to set out priority list of those who will get the vaccine first later on Wednesday.

The Government said the approval follows "months of rigorous clinical trials" which found the jab met its standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

  • Boris Johnson
  • NHS
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