COVID-19: Boris Johnson warns of ‘immense logistical challenges’ in distributing vaccine
“It will inevitably take some months before all the most vulnerable are protected – long, cold months,” the PM says.
It will take “some months” for the UK’s most vulnerable people to be vaccinated against coronavirus, the prime minister has said.
Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Boris Johnson acknowledged there will be “immense logistical challenges” in distributing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which has been approved for use in the UK.
“It will inevitably take some months before all the most vulnerable are protected – long, cold months,” he said.
“So it’s all the more vital that as we celebrate this scientific achievement we are not carried away with over-optimism or fall into the naive belief that the struggle is over.”
The PM was speaking after the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The jab, which has been given the green light by the independent health regulator, will be rolled out across the UK from early next week.
Elderly people in care homes and their carers are top of the list to get the vaccine, which studies have shown is 95% effective and works in all age groups.
The government has secured 40 million doses of the COVID-19 jab, which needs to be refrigerated at -70C (-94F).
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