Today, the UK began the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech with some of the most at risk in the nation receiving the first of their two jabs. After a long fight against coronavirus, Mr Johnson praised those who had played a key part in the UK’s rollout of the vaccine. In a statement, Mr Johnson said: “Thank you to our NHS, to all of the scientists who worked so hard to develop this vaccine, to all the volunteers – and to everyone who has been following the rules to protect others.”
In a swipe at the UK’s successful roll out – the first in the western world – the Belgium Prime Minister was quick to indicate the vaccine had been made in Europe.
However, given the desperate need for a vaccine, many took to social media to criticise the Belgium Prime Minister for his jibe towards the UK.
One person said: “Developed in the US, produced also in Belgium.
“But in Belgium, we are waiting until the European Union paper-pushers give an ok.
“In the United Kingdom they make it work.”
A second said: “Nice and thank the Emperor on our behalf, however we are still leaving the Federation in a couple of weeks.”
A third said: “Made by humans, for the use of the human race.
“Let’s celebrate rather than divide, especially since we’re grown-ups.”
A fourth said: “The fact that Britain today is vaccinating people against coronavirus whilst the EU hasn’t even finished the bureaucratic procedures to approve it says everything about the EU.”
Approximately 800,000 doses of the virus are expected to be available in the UK from next week.
The Government has 40 million doses of the drug under its agreement with the companies.
The shots will be administered to those over 80, frontline health staff and care home workers initially.
National Medical Director of the NHS, professor Stephen Powis, claimed this was a momentous day for the country.
He said: “As a doctor this is a really exciting moment.
“NHS staff around the country at vaccination hubs have been working tirelessly to make sure that we are prepared to commence vaccination on Tuesday.
“The NHS has a strong record of delivering large scale vaccination programmes – from the flu jab, HPV vaccine and lifesaving MMR jabs.”