UK Authorizes Use Of Unlicensed Flu Vaccine
Move To Shore Up NHS Amid COVID-19 And Winter Pressures
A legislative provision under which future COVID-19 vaccines can be made available in the UK before they are approved is also being used to offer an unlicensed flu vaccine that officials say has undergone full safety, efficacy and quality tests.
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