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UK gears up for huge vaccination plan watched by the world

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Dec 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 12:59:25-05

LONDON (AP) — Final checks are taking place on the coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech before its rollout to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold containers.

The checks Sunday are to get ready for the start on Tuesday of the country’s biggest-ever immunization program.

Around 800,000 doses of the vaccine are set to be ready.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has reportedly dubbed Tuesday “V-Day,” a nod to triumphs in World War II.

Last week, the U.K. became the first country to authorize the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for emergency use.

In trials, the vaccine was shown it has 95% efficacy.

The world will be monitoring the British vaccination program to note its successes and failures and to adjust plans accordingly.