The British government on Wednesday announced the purchase of 114 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna to continue its vaccination campaign in 2022 and 2023.
The government wants to intensify its injection campaign of booster doses and offer a third dose to all adults before the end of January, facing the emergency of the Omicron variant.
The purchase includes the acquisition of 60 million doses from Moderna and 54 million doses from Pfizer/BioNtech.
The United Kingdom is one of the countries in Europe most affected by COVID-19 with over 145,000 deaths. On Wednesday, 32 cases of the new variant, apparently very contagious, were found in its territory.
“New contracts with Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna have been accelerated in view of the new version,” the government said in a statement. The contract includes “access to modified vaccines if they were ultimately necessary to combat Omicron or future worrisome forms,” the executive said.
According to Health Minister Sajid Javid, the UK has given more than 115 million doses of the vaccine so far.
In addition, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday met the heads of large pharmaceutical groups such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and GSK to discuss the “emerging forms and future pandemics” and other health challenges facing such as cancer, dementia and obesity. We do.
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