Coronavirus Notebook: UK Reveals Plans For Pre-Approval Use Of COVID-19 Vaccine
The UK government is proposing to take the "very unusual step" of making COVID-19 vaccines available before they are licensed. The international COVAX initiative is now supporting nine vaccines, and the EU and AstraZeneca have firmed up a vaccine purchase agreement.
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The UK can already OK the use of unapproved products, but the government wants more certainty around the conditions that will be attached to any decision to make COVID-19 vaccines available before they have been licensed. Moves are also under way to reassure pharmaceutical companies about liability issues.