The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine, which is said to offer 95% protection against the virus.
It has been confirmed by the Department of Health that the vaccine will be rolled out as early as next week if possible and Piers and Dr Hilary will be first in line.
After breaking the news on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Piers doubled down on his previous promise to take the vaccine live on the programme and said: ‘I would take it live on-air on Monday morning if we’re allowed to. Honestly, I would if it would encourage other people to do it.’
Dr Hilary agreed he would also take it on live TV but also warned there could be challenges in allocating the vaccine on a wide scale.
The medical expert explained: ‘This is the vaccine that has to be stored at -70 or -80 degrees so there are logistical problems, which is why you need the military and a big site to get a lot of people to those sites all in one go because you can’t waste any of this vaccine.
‘Once you’ve opened the canister at that temperature, you have to use it, so there will be logistical problems but we can overcome those.’
However he added optimistically: ‘If we can do this, then we can overcome that as well.’
Putting his confidence in the scientists who developed the vaccine in less than eight months, Dr Hilary said: ‘It’s swift because they have done things at the same time. Usually, what they do is phase, one, two, three trials then they look at the data, then approval takes a while, then production but they’ve done it all at the same time which is good.
‘They haven’t cut corners in doing this, they’ve moved swiftly and when you think of some of the incompetence that we’ve seen this year.
‘It is really good to see that some things can be done if you give it to the researchers and scientists who know what they’re doing and who I trust, at least, then I think we should give a huge pat on the back.’
The first people to be vaccinated will be high risk groups such as care home staff and residents, with a full priority list expected to be published later today.
The UK had previously secured orders for 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which is enough to vaccine 20 million people with two doses each.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.