All eyes on the UK as Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rolls out

But there’re no plans to rush through approval in this country

Australia will receive real-time information on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine given emergency approval in the UK, says TGA chief Adjunct Professor John Skerritt.

The UK has given the go-ahead for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine and will start vaccinating people at high risk, including front-line doctors, next week.

Professor Skerritt quickly doused any hope that Wednesday’s announcement meant Australia could start vaccinations earlier than the planned date of March 2021.

He said

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