Boris Johnson has warned the UK of the “biggest mistake” it could make following today’s announcement that Pfizer (Nov. 9) has developed a Covid-19 vaccine.
The pharmaceutical company and its partner BioNTech said interim results showed their sting could prevent people from developing coronavirus – with a 90 percent efficiency.
However, at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister said the government has not yet seen all of the safety data and that all results must be peer-reviewed as well.
The prime minister described the development as a “significant hurdle” and said there are still many similar hurdles to overcome in the fight against the pandemic.
Johnson said the UK has ordered 30 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, putting the country “at the forefront” of vaccination.
Although he made it clear, a number of controls had to be carried out in the “very, very early days” of the struggle to get rid of the coronavirus.
The Prime Minister added, “The biggest mistake we could make is loosening our resolve.”
He highlighted a mass test pilot running in Liverpool and urged everyone in Liverpool to get tested and thanked those who have already done so.
He said, “We hope and believe that mass testing will help [bring the R down]
“We tested thousands of people in Liverpool and when you are in Liverpool get tested. There are 19 centers. Do it for your friends, relatives, and the community.
“We also send thousands of rapid tests to local authorities – and we are working on similar mass tests for students across the country.”
Today (November 9th) Pfizer, in collaboration with the German biotech company BioNTech, published an interim analysis which shows that the vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19.
Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO, said, “Today is a great day for science and humanity.”
Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Oxford University, said, “This news made me smile from ear to ear.”
UK Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said the results showed “the power of science against Covid” adding, “We need to see the final safety and effectiveness data, but it is very encouraging.
“It is important that we keep suppressing Covid, but it is cause for optimism for 2021.”