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Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “LIVE: Boris Johnson Speaks After U.K. Clears Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine” – below is their description.
(Dec. 2) U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference from Downing Street after the country became the first in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use. Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam and Chief Executive Officer of the NHS, Simon Stevens will also speak.
The U.K. became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the U.S. and European Union.
The emergency authorization clears the way for the deployment of a vaccine that Pfizer and its German partner have said is 95% effective in preventing illness. The shot will be available in Britain from next week.
“This is going to be one of the biggest civilian projects in history,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a radio interview, with 50 hospitals preparing to administer the vaccine and 800,000 doses ready to be delivered from Belgium.
BioNTech American depositary receipts rose 8% in early trading in Germany.
The U.K. had signaled it would move swiftly in approving a vaccine, and doctors across the country were put on standby for a possible rollout. For U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the rollout may offer some political respite after eight months of criticism over his pandemic strategy, as Britain’s death toll nears 60,000.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
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