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COVID vaccines are edging closer, with both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Therapeutics revealing their latest clinical trial results. The UK government is already preparing for a mass rollout of coronavirus vaccines – where will you have to go to get one?
Coronavirus has forced England into a second national lockdown, with cases continuing to rise.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the four-week lockdown at the start of November.
But over the past few weeks, hopes for a coronavirus vaccine have also been growing.
A Pfizer and BioNTech joint venture has been found to stop more than 90 percent of people from developing coronavirus symptoms.
The UK ordered 10 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2020, with another 30 million to follow.
Moderna Therapeutics’ vaccine has been claimed to protect 94.5 percent of people from the infection.
The Government has already ordered five million doses of the Moderna vaccine by Spring 2021.
Both the University of Oxford and Gamaleya are also close to reporting their latest clinical trial findings.
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The NHS is already setting up COVID vaccination centres across the UK.
Several sites will be set up across the country in a bid to vaccinate as many people as possible.
It’s believed that several sites will be made in a similar way to the pop-up COVID test sites.
But you will still be able to get the vaccine at your local GP or pharmacy.
These sites won’t be opened to the public until any vaccine is 100 percent signed off by the Government and scientists.
The Government has already asked the medical regulator to assess the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, ahead of a proposed rollout.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Health Secretary said: “The NHS is in the process of establishing vaccination centres across the country that can manage the logistical challenge of needing to store the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at -70C.
“In addition, it is establishing vaccination hubs in hospitals for NHS staff.
“These two routes are likely to comprise the bulk of the campaign this side of the new year.
“Then there will be a community rollout involving GPs and pharmacists.”
Vaccination centres may also be set up in sports centers and stadiums.
But there’s still no definitive date for when COVID vaccinations will start.
It entirely depends on the manufacturing process for the vaccines, but the Health Secretary hopes to start vaccinating the public in December 2020.
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