16 January 2021,   20:05
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UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use, first in the world

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use, writes BBC.


British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out next week.


Immunisations could start within days for people who need it the most.


The UK has already ordered 40m doses - enough to vaccinate 20m people, with two shots each.


Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.

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