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London – AFP
Britain announced, on Friday, that it has licensed the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the American company, Johnson & Johnson, which is given in a single dose, adding a fourth vaccine to its arsenal to combat the pandemic.
On Twitter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed “very good news”, stressing the “important role” that the vaccine will play in the vaccination campaign. Health Minister Matt Hancock said that the vaccine license “represents a new push forward for the UK’s massively successful vaccination program, which has so far saved more than 13,000 lives, and means that we now have four safe and effective vaccines licensed to protect people from this horrific virus. ». He added that the government hopes that “the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will play an important role in the coming months,” at a time when young people are increasingly interested in vaccination, due to concern about the increase in infections with the mutated version of the virus. Britain has requested 20 million doses of the vaccine. And an American experiment showed that the vaccine was 72% effective in preventing moderate to serious cases of coronavirus. Britain has given more than 62 million doses of vaccines so far, mainly using Pfizer and AstraZeneca. It also licensed the Moderna vaccine. After months of declining infections, they rose again due to the emergence of the Indian mutant, which raised questions about the possibility of moving forward with plans to completely lift the restrictions to contain the virus on June 21. On Friday morning, the Minister in Charge of Companies, Kwasi Karting, announced, “It is impossible for anyone to predict what the situation will be in a week or two,” noting that the government will announce its decision on June 14th. According to official figures, the infection rate has remained low in Britain, despite indications of an increase in cases. In Britain, the Census Bureau estimated at 48,500 the number of people infected with the virus, that is, one person from every 1,120 until May 22.
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