The approval in record time of the vaccine against covid-19 by the United Kingdom has been considered a historic moment that raised spirits in London, but also some doubts.
By giving the go-ahead for the emergency use of the vaccine developed by US drug maker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, London has overtaken the United States by at least a week and sparked accusations of putting speed before confidence in the US. citizenship.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured that the country had been “waiting for the day when the searchlights of science would point to our invisible enemy and give us the power to prevent that enemy from doing us harm.” And now scientists have. “
UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has indicated the largest mass vaccination program in UK history will start this week, with the former being the most vulnerable.
He also attributed the speed of the regulator’s approval to the recent departure of Great Britain from the European Union: “We do the same security checks and the same processes, but we have been able to speed up their implementation thanks to Brexit.”
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg had the same message, which he left on social media: “We were only able to approve this vaccine so quickly because we have left the EU. Last month we changed the regulations so that a vaccine would not need EU approval. , which is slower. ”
German Health Minister Jens Spahn, however, noted that the German company that developed the vaccine did so with EU funding: “For our British friends, of whom I read some comments about Brexit, BioNTech has been funded thanks to the European Union”. He added that “it shows that if a product from the European Union is so good that it is authorized so quickly in the UK, that in this crisis, the best thing is European and international cooperation.”
German Ambassador to the UK Andreas Michaelis tweeted: “Why is it so difficult to recognize this important step forward as a major international effort and success? I really don’t think this is a national story. Even though the German company BioNTech has made a crucial contribution, this is European and transatlantic. “
Experts have said that a vaccine is the best tool to end the coronavirus pandemic by developing the immunity of the population.