The coronavirus jab being rolled out across the UK will “substantially” reduce deaths and there will be up to four vaccines to use by the middle of next year, the chief medical officer for England has said.
Professor Chris Whitty also said the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will drastically reduce hospital admissions from COVID-19.
A UK-wide rollout of the vaccine began on Tuesday in what health leaders hailed as a “turning point” in the pandemic.
Professor Whitty told the Commons Science and Technology Committee this morning that he expected the UK to have between three to four vaccines to choose from by the middle of 2021.Advertisement
However he also advised the rollout process should still proceed “carefully”.
Professor Whitty said: “The aim would be to roll out this vaccine and any others that get a licence and are effective and safe.