The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, warned this Monday that the announcement that the vaccine Pfizer against covid is 90% effective suggests that “an obstacle has been overcome” in the fight against coronavirus, but it is not the Definitive “solution” to the pandemic.
“In no way can we trust this news as a solution” to the health crisis, said the head of government at a press conference, warning that we are still in “a very early stage “of vaccine development effective against coronavirus.
“The biggest mistake we could make now would be relax our resolve “, said Johnson, who plans to maintain population confinement measures in England at least until December 2 to try to stop the spread of the virus.
The United Kingdom communicated this Monday 194 new deaths from covid-19 in twenty-four hours, up to a total of 49,238 deaths since the start of the pandemic, and 21,350 infections.
40 million doses
Despite the caution, the Prime Minister stressed that the UK has commissioned 40 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, which would immunize a third of the country’s population -20 million, since each person requires two doses-
Asked about the possibility of distribution problems, given the interest that the announcement of the American pharmaceutical company has generated around the world, Johnson assured that he has “high hopes” to receive the amount of vaccines reserved.
The deputy medical adviser for England, Jonathan Van-Tam, advanced for his part that there is a possibility that some people may be vaccinated before Christmas, although he stressed that there are still no certainties that this calendar can be met.
“We are in the middle of the second wave and I don’t think the vaccine will change things during this wave.”
He also assured that short-term effects of that vaccination they would be limited.
“We are in the middle of the second wave and I do not think the vaccine will change things during this wave. I am hopeful that we could prevent future waves, but in this we will have to fight without a vaccine, “he said.
The United Kingdom is also participating in the race to achieve the vaccine against Covid with the project of AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.