Coronavirus UK news – Hopes covid vaccine could be ready in WEEKS helping to end 2nd lockdown and saving Christmas

PFIZER’S new coronavirus vaccine could be in public use within weeks, helping to end the second lockdown and saving Christmas, it is hoped.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News he hoped to begin deploying the vaccine at the start of December, although elderly patients and those most at risk of catching coronavirus would get it first.

Hancock described the news as “promising” but warned Brits to continue to abide by the second lockdown and follow coronavirus protocols in the short terms as the vaccine was not yet ready for mass roll out.

Yesterday Boris Johnson has hailed news of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine proving more than 90 per cent effective in human trials.

He told Monday’s Downing Street press conference the Government has ordered 40 million doses of the jab – enough to inoculate about a third of the UK population.

The vaccine – jointly developed by US company Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech – has been effective in preventing infections during ongoing Phase 3 trials, the companies announced.

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