UK Government signs deal with Pfizer/BioNTech for 35 million more doses of its COVID-19 vaccine
The government is also preparing for a booster programme this year, expected in September, that will be based on the final advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The UK’s phenomenal vaccination programme is providing tens of millions of people with protection from COVID-19, saving 95,200 lives and preventing 82,100 hospitalisations in the over 65s in England alone.
“While we continue to build this wall of defence from COVID-19, it’s also vital we do everything we can to protect the country for the future too – whether that’s from the virus as we know it or new variants.
“I am pleased we’ve reached this agreement with Pfizer for more doses as part of our robust preparations to future-proof our vaccine programme, ensuring we have plans in place to keep the nation safe for years to come.”
The UK will donate 100 million vaccine doses within the next year to support global recovery.
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