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  • A year ago today the UK became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Vaccination programme has been a phenomenal success with more than 115m doses administered, saving countless lives and reducing pressure on the NHS.
  • New deals secured for additional 60 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 54 million more Pfizer/BioNTech doses for 2022 and 2023.

The UK is marking one year since it became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine with a “Boost Day” call.

The one-off event to mark the milestone will see a series of adverts on major TV and radio stations. Partnerships with leading brands, including Uber, RED Driving School and Neighbourhood Watch, will encourage eligible people to get their top-up jabs to protect themselves and their loved ones ahead of Christmas, including through support for boosters on social media.

A year ago today, 2nd December, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which allowed the UK to begin its life-saving vaccination programme earlier than other countries, with Margaret Keenan’s vaccination on 8 December. Thanks to the UK Government’s quick action to secure the most promising vaccine doses in advance, more than 115 million doses have been administered across the UK in almost a year, saving countless lives and allowing people in the UK to live without restrictions.

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