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CMO says Britons gained’t get to decide on between Covid vaccines for months as regulator warns of allergic reactions to Pfizer jab

England’s Chief Medical Officer has stated that Britons gained’t get to decide on which vaccine they get through the first months of rollout regardless of the MHRA warning individuals with a historical past of allergic reactions to skip Pfizer’s jab.

Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), instructed lawmakers on Wednesday that folks won’t get to pick out which vaccine they need to take through the first part of the UK’s mass immunization programme. 

“A scenario the place we’ve sufficient vaccines that you’ve got a alternative which one you want, (that) will probably be a really good downside for us to have. It’s not the issue we’ve for the time being and it isn’t an issue we’re going to have for the subsequent 4 months,” Whitty stated. 

“At the moment, if the selection is between an excellent vaccine and no vaccine, I’m going to only go for whichever good vaccine is on the market,” the CMO added.

Whitty’s remark comes because the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MRHA) issued a warning on Wednesday that folks with a historical past of ‘vital’ allergic reactions mustn’t take Pfizer’s Covid-19 jab. 

The alert was issued after two NHS employees members skilled opposed reactions to the Pfizer jab. They’re each stated to be recovering effectively. 

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Don’t take Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in case you have a ‘vital historical past of allergic reactions,’ UK regulator warns

The UK’s mass vaccination programme began on Tuesday at hospitals throughout the nation, utilizing the just lately authorized Pfizer vaccine.

Thus far, the Pfizer vaccine has solely been authorized to be used within the UK.

On Tuesday, Well being Secretary, Matt Hancock, stated he hoped that the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca may additionally be authorized earlier than the top of the yr. 

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