PM vows ‘we will be ready’ to use vaccine and promises distribution across UK

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the UK "will be ready" to distribute a coronavirus vaccine – as soon as one is ready.

Speaking from Downing Street, on Monday, November 9, Mr Johnson said: "If and when this vaccine is approved, we in this country will be ready to start using it."

It comes as pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Monday that its coronavirus vaccine candidate is more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 during a major trial.

Pfizer, which is developing the mRNA-based vaccine with BioNTech, said the results were from a independent interim analysis of the results of its phase three clinical study.

Boris Johnson welcomed news of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine but said: "I can tell you that tonight that today that toot, that bugle is louder, but it's still some way off.

“We absolutely cannot rely on this news as a solution and the biggest mistake we could make now is to soften our resolve.”

New rapid test centres in Liverpool were opened last week as part of the first mass coronavirus testing programme.

Brigadier Joe Fossey, who is coordinating military support to mass testing in Liverpool, also appeared at the briefing where he confirmed a new testing site has been set up at Liverpool FC's stadium Anfield.

Speaking from Downing Street, Brigadier Fossey said: "Our message to the people of Liverpool is clear.

"We are set up and ready for you to come and get tested.

"Please do not hesitate, make the most of this opportunity.

"What we are trialling now is a possible route out of lockdown and a way to get on with our lives."

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