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Britain approves a vaccine, the first nation in the West to do so

Britain has become the first Western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use, with its Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issuing emergency authorization for the candidate developed in a partnership between Pfizer and BioNTech. It fast-tracked the review process and issued early authorization after late stage trial results showed 95% effectiveness, a departure from the European Union’s regulatory framework. The country must now make decisions on who will get the vaccine first, complicated by its need to be stored in extreme cold which makes officials uninclined to transport it more than necessary.

Published: December 2, 2020

The New York Times

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