Local vaccination centres open this week across England, while other countries have approved vaccines against COVID-19.
UK: Hundreds of local vaccination services will open across England, as the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme expands. Those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, will be vaccinated by nurses, paramedics and other NHS staff. Distributors are finalising stringent processes to ensure that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines reach care homes safety.
USA: The USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people aged 16 and older. The vaccine is set to be rolled out this week, with states receiving an initial delivery of 2.9 million doses from Pfizer. Healthcare workers and long-term care residents will be vaccinated first.
Canada: Last Wednesday, Health Canada granted interim authorisation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
News for other countries:
- Mexico approved emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and is set to receive 250,000 doses. Vaccinations are expected to begin this week.
- Saudi Arabia has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use last week.
- Bahrain has approved a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
MAP will continue to track developments relating to COVID-19 vaccines.