BRITAIN is set to get a fourth coronavirus vaccine with a French firm to start making 60 million doses within days, it’s reported.
Drugs company Valneva is due to start mass manufacturing the jab at its plant in Scotland, Mail on Sunday reports.
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Former RAF Flight Sergeant Louis Godwin receives an injection of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral yesterdayCredit: PA:Press Association
Britain could be set to get a fourth vaccine from a French firm set to make 60 million doses a dayCredit: Bournemouth News
Valneva’s boss hopes it can be approved by regulators and start being administered to Brits by summer or early autumn in a boost to Britain’s battle with Covid.
Chief executive Thomas Lingelbach said production of the jab is about to start at the company’s plant in Livingston, with Britain a “priority”.
Mr Lingelbach said: “We are days away from starting the commercial manufacturing.
“We cannot release it without regulatory approval so we’re in a little bit of a Catch-22 situation and there are certainly scenarios that we are currently discussing with the regulators.
UK IS ‘PRIORITY’
“But we have already signed up to give priority to the UK and this is something we’re currently working on.”
A total of 3,559,179 people have received their first jab as of Friday – 201,818 more than the total number of Covid cases in the UK.
Senior Government figures are optimistic that everyone over the age of 18 could have the Covid vaccine by the end of June.
More than 1,000 fatalities have been recorded for the past five days in a row
The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by more than 1,000 again on Saturday as Brits battle through the second waveCredit: EPA
Another 41,346 cases were recorded meaning 3,357,365 people have now tested positive for coronavirus.
But in a glimmer of hope the seven-day average is down almost 19 per cent.
The Valneva injections are given in two doses 21 days apart like Pfizer-BioNTech’s.
More than 13m of the nation’s most vulnerable should be vaccinated within six weeks, the Government has vowed
Bu unlike the Pfizer dose, which has to be stored at -70C it doesn’t need to be kept in ultra-cold storage.
Trials are taking place on 150 volunteers at four sites across England.
The UK has an option to order up to 130million further doses between 2022 and 2025 at a cost of nearly £800million (€900million).
The Valneva batch is the second highest number of vaccines ordered by the government.
Ministers have ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, 40 million Pfizer doses and 17 million doses of the third approved vaccine, Moderna.
The EU is due to order 30 million doses of the Valneva injection, with an option to buy another 30 million.
Valneva has said previously the its vaccine wouldn’t be available for Brits until the last three months of the year.
But Mr Lingelbach said discussions are underway with regulators about rolling it out between July and September.
The PM acted amid concerns over new mutations that could impact the successful roll-out of the vaccineCredit: PA:Press Association
Meanwhile, a Sage scientist has warned lockdown could go on for weeks moreCredit: PA:Press Association