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Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

Posted at 11:17 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 18:44:41-05

LONDON (AP) — Britain has become the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine and could be dispensing shots within days. It's a historic step toward eventually ending the scourge that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. In giving the go-ahead for emergency use of the vaccine developed by drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, Britain vaulted past the United States by at least a week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not scheduled to consider the vaccine until Dec. 10. The announcement sets the stage for the biggest vaccination campaign in British history.