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    Posted by Mary on October 25, 2020, 2:19 pm

    Saw this on a news stand.

    At last! NHS workers are 'set to get a vaccine in weeks' as the Government accelerates timetable for a mass roll-out before Christmas - while ministers introduce new laws to bypass EU approval for jab

    Plans are being drawn up for frontline NHS staff to receive a coronavirus vaccine within weeks, as the Government moves to accelerate the timetable for a mass roll-out. An email sent by an NHS Trust chief to his staff, seen by The Mail on Sunday, reveals the Health Service is preparing for a national vaccination programme before Christmas. It can also be disclosed that the Government has introduced new laws that would allow the UK to bypass the EU approval process if a safe and effective jab is ready before the end of the post-Brexit transition period on December 31. The move will boost optimism that a 'game-changing' vaccine will soon allow Boris Johnson to relax the social restrictions which have crippled the country since March. In his memo (inset) to staff earlier this month, Glen Burley, chief executive of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Warwickshire, wrote: 'Our Trust, alongside NHS organisations nationally, has been told to be prepared to start a Covid-19 staff vaccine programme in early December. The latest intelligence states a coronavirus vaccine should be available this year with NHS staff prioritised prior to Christmas.' (Left, a surgeon who would be among the first of frontline NHS staff to benefit from the vaccine; right, hospital staff in an intensive care unit.)

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    • Mail headline today - Mary October 25, 2020, 2:19 pm