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UK hospitals expected to receive first virus vaccines by December 7

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The United Kingdom is expected to begin vaccinating its medical staff against coronavirus in days, according to a report Friday.

The Guardian reported that British hospitals were alerted to prepare to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine by December 7-9, if it receives regulatory approval, with medical staff set to be the first to receive the jab.

On Saturday, the British government appointed a vaccines minister as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the country’s biggest vaccine program in decades. In this file photo taken on April 23, 2020 people look at a big painted tribute sign to the Britain’s NHS (National Health Service) in the car park at Frimley Park Hospital in the town of Frimley, southwest of London (Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

The UK medicines regulator is currently assessing two vaccines — one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the other by Oxford University and AstraZeneca — to see if they are safe and effective.

The UK said frontline health care workers and nursing home residents will be the first to be vaccinated, followed by older people, starting with........

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