UK to protect population before donating vaccines abroad, minister says https://t.co/eQuDGTWhdp
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OXFORD, England – Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday vaccinating children in the United Kingdom against COVID-19 would take priority over donating vaccine doses to other countries around the world.
Britain’s medicine regulator on Friday approved Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine for use in 12-15 year olds, but global health bodies warn that if rich countries prioritise low-risk members of their own populations over broadening access globally, they risk disaster.
Asked he would prioritise vaccinating teenagers over more vulnerable people globally, Hancock said: “My first duty as health secretary for the UK is to make sure that the UK is protected and safe.”