Coronavirus Notebook: UK Begins COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, Government May Enlist Military Backup
EU passes legislation allowing VAT exemption for coronavirus vaccines to make them more affordable, as two treatments for severe disease and “Long COVID” respectively enter Phase II trials.
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Close monitoring of the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines will be necessary after a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was reported to be causing a rapid increase in transmission of the virus in the UK. The pharmaceutical industry says companies are not expecting travel restrictions imposed on the UK to have an impact on the supply of medicines.
In its latest letter to medicines and medical product companies, the UK's Department of Health and Social Care says the biggest potential cause of disruption to supplies could be failure to prepare for border controls implemented by the EU member states after the end of the Brexit transition period.