First country in the West to start vaccinating population against COVID-19

First country in the West to start vaccinating population against COVID-19

Great Britain was the first Western country to start vaccinating people against COVID-19. From Tuesday, December 8, vaccinations will begin to be given to patients of nursing homes, medical and social workers, as well as older people over 80 years.

On December 2, Britain became the first country to certify the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for mass use after all clinical trials were completed. Two other vaccines – American Moderna and British AstraZeneca – are under consideration.

Elderly people, physicians and patient caregivers have been identified as a risk group to be the first to receive the vaccine. The vaccination will be voluntary and free of charge, and anyone legally residing in the UK with resident status will be able to get the vaccine.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to begin supplying U.S. COVID-19 vaccine to other countries only after all willing Americans have been vaccinated against coronavirus.

On December 2, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to receive SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccine first, as a priority. He became ill with COVID-19 this spring and returned to his duties one month after the infection.

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been registered in Russia so far: Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona. Vaccination against coronavirus with Sputnik V started in Moscow on December 5. The vaccine against COVID-19 produced by Pfizer/BioNTech was registered in the USA, another Moderna vaccine is next in line.