UK ready to roll out vaccine despite talks not concluded
The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Chief Executive, June Raine, pointed out that the MHRA can ensure that people have access to a vaccine during the next week. This is despite the outcome of the post-Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU still pending. The goal the MHRA has in mind is that despite the outcome or the deal, medicine, medical devices and the vaccine must reach people in the same way without any interruption.
Post-Brexit negotiations – EU in difficult position
According to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, the post-Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK are currently in a difficult position. In an interview for Sky News, Eustice had said there were some hopes for a breakthrough at the start of last week. However, during the past week, additional demands surfaced, greatly impacting the overall process of the talks.
Covid-19 vaccinations start in Moscow
Priority groups in Moscow have started receiving the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19, developed by the Gamaleya Institute. The vaccinations are currently being conducted in around 70 clinics across the capital of Russia, as reported by health officials.
Five thousand people have signed up these last few days to receive vaccinations, including teachers, doctors and social workers.