Covid jab tears: ‘Emotional’ Van Tam urges British public to ‘get on the vaccine train!’

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After months of draconian lockdown measures being placed on the UK public, an end to the pandemic is finally insight with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approving the Pfizer jab as safe to roll out to the public. Coronavirus vaccinations are due to start being given from next week.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam – who has chaired the Government’s vaccine taskforce – admitted the announcement on a vaccine being ready to use left him emotional.

He said: “I don’t mind telling you, and I’m not saying it for effect, the office will confirm it’s true, but I was quite emotional this morning.”

He added: “What a momentous journey and international effort it has been.”

But he warned that while there was light at the end of the tunnel, there was a need for more vaccines to be found to be effective and approved before Covid could be conquered.

He said: “We have an approved vaccine but we need more.

“We are very hopeful we will get some more, but it is possible some will fall by the wayside.

“And you have to be prepared for that.”

The UK’s approval of the Pfizer jab is the first time a Western country has declared a COVID-19 vaccine safe to be distributed.

The US’s Moderna vaccine and Oxford University’s own candidate are also set to be assessed by regulators in the coming weeks, with no guarantee they will be approved.

With anti-vaxxers spreading conspiracy theories about the safety of a coronavirus jab due to the speed of its development, the Government and scientists must now convince the public to get the vaccine.

Professor Jan-Tam told Brits an end to the restrictions which have put a stop to normal life for the past nine months was only possible is people got the vaccine when offered.

He said: “Watching others take it and hoping that this will then protect you isn’t going to work necessarily.

“We don’t know if this vaccine will prevent transmission or any of them, we have to wait for the science to tell us if it will, though we are very hopeful.”

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