Final checks were taking place Sunday on the deliveries of the coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech before its rollout to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold containers.
Around 800,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to be in place for the start of the immunization program on Tuesday, which will be the country’s biggest ever and which is being closely watched all around the world. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has reportedly dubbed Tuesday as “V-Day,” a nod to triumphs in World War II.
“Despite the huge complexities, hospitals will kickstart the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country’s history from Tuesday,” said Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s national medical director. “The first tranche of vaccine deliveries will be landing at hospitals by Monday in readiness.”