UK to be ‘back to normal’ by Easter with vaccines-Minister
London, Nov. 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the UK could be ‘back to normal’ by Easter if coronavirus vaccines pass regulator approval.
The result compares with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which were recently shown to be 95% and 94.5% effective respectively.
However, the Oxford jab is said to be far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two.
Giving a timescale for the vaccine’s rollout, Mr Hancock said the “bulk” of vaccinations will take place at the start of next year, with the hope that “things will be able to start to get back to normal” after Easter.
“It is subject to that regulatory approval and I really stress that because the medicines regulator, it’s called the MHRA, is independent, they’re rigorous, they’re one of the best regulators in the world,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“They will be very, very careful to ensure that they look at all the data to make sure that this is safe
“Subject to that approval, we hope to be able to start vaccinating next month.
“The bulk of the vaccine rollout programme will be in January, February, March, and we hope that sometime after Easter things will be able to start to get back to normal.
A large-scale trial has shown that the coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford stops 70% of people developing Covid symptoms.
Overall results from phase three of the trial show the vaccine is 70.4 per cent effective.
But when administered at a half dose and then a full dose the vaccine can be up to 90 per cent effective, the scientists said.