The UK has secured an additional 60 million doses of Pfizer vaccine for deployment as part of a booster campaign in the fall, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
Managers foresee the possibility of having to strengthen COVID-19[female[feminine vaccine protection of the population before winter.
So far, nearly 34 million people have already received a first injection.
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Mr Hancock, who booked his first shot earlier, said the purchase of the Pfizer / BioNTech the jabs would “keep us safe and free”, before adding later that the UK was on track to ease the lockdown as planned on 17 May.
He said, “We’ve been working on a recall program … for over a year now, and we are supporting some of the only clinical trials in the world that specifically focus on recalls.
“It’s about protecting the progress we’ve made. We have a clear path out of this crisis, but now is not the time to be complacent.”
He later added: “As of today, we’re on track for the third stage (of the roadmap) on May 17. And that’s good news. We’re almost exactly where we are. the modelers predicted that we would be at this point. “
It has been feared for some time that booster injections are needed to protect against new variants and to maintain immunity.
Just over a week ago, Mr Hancock told the House of Commons that the government had purchased enough doses of the vaccine to begin boosters later this year – adding that new vaccines were being designed to target “Variants of concern” – but he did not provide any details on the vaccines. …
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