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Britain orders 60 million Pfizer COVID-19 shots

Christian Fernsby |
Britain will buy 60 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, health minister Matt Hancock said, in a deal that more than doubles the country’s supply of the shot ahead of a booster programme later this year.

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Britain has now ordered a total of 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, one of three COVID-19 shots being rolled out in the country.

Hancock said the shots had been secured to support a COVID-19 booster vaccination programme starting in the autumn, adding that the biggest risk to Britain's rollout so far was a new variant of the coronavirus.

"We're working on our plans for booster shots," Hancock said.

"These further 60 million doses will be used, alongside others, as part of our booster programme from later this year, so we can protect the progress that we've all made."

Earlier on Wednesday, Public Health England said the details of any booster programme were still being worked out, and it would be designed primarily with new variants in mind.

Britain’s health ministry said data from trials using different combinations of COVID-19 vaccines would help determine the design of the programme.

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