UK could be plunged into another major lockdown even AFTER coronavirus vaccine ...

THE UK became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine this morning in a major breakthrough for Boris Johnson's strategy against the virus - but this may not stop the country being placed into yet another lockdown.

PUBLISHED: 11:34, Wed, Dec 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:35, Wed, Dec 2, 2020

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This morning, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech for approval in the UK. The Government has announced it will begin its rollout to certain groups next week. Despite having the vaccine, this may not stop the need for certain areas or potentially the entire country to be placed into lockdown.

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The Pfizer drug needs to be taken in two doses 21 days apart while its 95 percent efficacy was measured a further week after the second dose.

Last month, the UK’s deputy medical adviser, professor Jonathan Van-Tam, indicated the majority of the vaccines within Britain’s portfolio, require a basic immunological principle of six weeks.

He said: “All but one of the vaccines that are the likely big name contenders over the next 12 months or so have a vaccine that requires two doses to give protection, and the interval between the two doses varies between 21 and 28 days apart.

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"The safe space is to have two doses, wait at least 14 days and at that point you can be assured that to the extent that you body is going to work with the vaccine to produce antibodies to protect you, that is when you're going to get into the period where you are protected.

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"So, I'm afraid I'm saying, to be sure 14 days after the second dose."

Due to this principle, the possibility of a third lockdown cannot be ruled out.

Speaking today, Chairman of the Commission on Human Medicine Expert Working Group professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed added today: "The vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart and from that data presented to us people will be immune 7 days after the second dose.

"Partial immunity does occur after the first dose and we can see some protection occurring after day 12 of the first dose.

"But the best immunity is 7 days after the second dose."

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