Downing Street appoints a Minister for Vaccination

Boris Johnson has appointed Nadhim Zahawi as health secretary responsible for the use of the coronavirus vaccine, Downing Street announced.

Downing Street said in a statement: “The Queen was delighted to approve the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi MP as Parliamentary Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Welfare.

“He remains a parliamentary state secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy.”

Mr. Zahawi will focus on the use of the coronavirus vaccine, with the temporary rule expected to apply until at least next summer.

Hospitals have been told to prepare for the launch of a Covid-19 vaccine in England in just 10 days.

NHS staff will be the first to receive the injection.

The vaccine manufactured by Pfizer / BioNTech could be delivered to hospitals as early as Monday, December 7th. reports the mirror.

That exact date will depend on the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) approving it in a timely manner.

An NHS source told Der Spiegel: “We expect it within the next two weeks. You have determined how much is coming and where.”

“They are currently working on how to get it to the staff within 5 days.”

Nursing home residents and people aged 80 and over have to wait. News that has upset the heads of the care sector as residents of nursing homes and over 80s has previously been given top priority by the government.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said in September that priority should be given to the elderly in nursing homes and staff.

Since the vaccine can only be withdrawn four times from minus 70 ° C between leaving the factory where it is made in Belgium and being injected into a patient’s arm, it is believed that NHS staff would be the natural choice for first choice are.

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer Jab with an expectation of 10 million doses by the end of the year.

There are also 100 million doses of a vaccine made to order from AstraZeneca and Oxford University that don’t require low temperatures.

The Oxford vaccine is also currently being approved by the MHRA.

The priority list for those who receive the vaccine has been updated. As a result, those with certain serious medical conditions are now in their 60s.

This includes those who are morbidly obese, people with some cancers, and people with Down syndrome.


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