THE UK Government has ordered more coronavirus vaccines per person than any other country in the world – almost a third more than the EU.
According to the latest data, Brits could have around 5.4 doses each on offer.
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The Government has pre-ordered 355 million doses in total from seven leading pharmaceutical companies developing different jabs.
The vaccines will come from Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, Valneva, J&J/Janssen and Sanofi/GSK.
And with a population of 66 million, that means there will be about 5.4 doses per person – including children.
Many of the vaccines in development including those from Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford Uni/AstraZeneca require two doses.
It means that even if a double dose is needed all 66m Brits could be immunised against Covid-19 – if they are all found to be effective and get approval.
The Government has spread its vaccine portfolio across the seven companies, in case any are found to be ineffective or unsuitable for older Brits – those at highest risk of Covid.
The UK Government’s Covid jab pre-order form is as below:
- Pfizer/BioNTech: 40m doses
- Oxford/AstraZeneca: 100m
- Moderna: 5m
- Novavax: 60m
- GSK/Sanofi: 60m
- Valneva: 60m
- Janssen: 30m
- = 355m doses in total
The EU has ordered around 3.8 doses per capita after countries in the union joined forces to order vaccines, according to data from Deutsche Bank.
The UK is leading the charge with orders, with the US, Canada and Japan following closely.
Today it emerged Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is now 95 per cent effective, has passed safety checks and will be ready for sign off “in days”.
It means the first jabs could be rolled out within weeks if regulators give it the green light.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has met the safety criteria needed for emergency authorisation, the firms said today.
And company bosses plan to submit the vaccine to the regulators in the US for emergency use approval “within days” before sharing with others around the world.
UK regulators are poised to fast-track authorisation of the vaccine – that could mean it’ll be rolled out to priority groups in just a month.
The UK Government has 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab on pre-order, with 10million available for roll out before Christmas.
Over 80 per cent of the Pfizer doses have already been sold to the world’s richest countries.
Trials on more than 30,000 people found that only five given the Moderna jab developed Covid – none with severe symptoms.
Matt Hancock confirmed on Monday evening the Government had managed to secure five million doses, but warned they won’t be available until Spring “at the earliest”.
The Health Secretary said the NHS will be ready by December 1 to start the roll out of any jab approved.
The Sun revealed today that officials are looking at a range of measures in a bid to save the nation’s Christmas – including a five day free pass to see friends and family.
The aim is to unite the UK under a common rule that enables households to mix indoors for a limited period.
Health bosses are eyeing a five-day run when households could mix starting on Christmas Eve.