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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Wednesday
Last updated: Wednesday, 02 December, 2020, 13:55
- First Scottish vaccinations in 'next six days'
- Nicola Sturgeon welcomes approval of new vaccine for use
- Scotland records 38 deaths on Wednesday
- 951 positive cases reported
- Christmas school holidays ruling expected this week
Vaccine can be delivered to care homes, BioNTech says
The makers of the newly-approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have said it can be delivered to care homes, after confusion emerged over whether it would be practically possible.
The vaccine can be transported into care homes, stored for five days and then administered, according to Sean Marett, chief commercial officer at BioNTech and responsible for distribution.
Matt Hancock: “Today is a triumph for all those who believe in science, a triumph for ingenuity, a triumph for humanity.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, making a statement to the Commons, told MPs: “Today marks a new chapter in our fight against this virus.”
Coronavirus in Scotland: Who will get the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine first?
The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, making it the first western country to license a Covid-19 vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine is effective at reducing people’s susceptibility to Covid-19 but it is not known whether it will reduce community transmission, Wales’ chief medical officer has said.
BioNTech’s Sean Marett said the UK was likely to receive at least five million doses of vaccine by the end of year.
Tesco hands back £585m from business rates holiday
Supermarket Tesco has said it will return £585 million to the Government – money it saved from a business rates holiday introduced to help struggling retailers.
Chairman John Allan said the board “are conscious of our responsibilities to society” and that the company did not need the saving due to remaining open and trading strongly throughout the pandemic.
The decision was welcomed and saw calls for other supermarkets to make similar commitments, with new data from business rates specialists Altus Group showing “essential” retailers enjoyed savings of £3.03 billion.
Sean Marett, chief commercial officer at BioNTech, said the first consignment of its newly-approved vaccine could reach Britain as soon as Thursday.
Boris Johnson will be joined by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam at a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Piers Morgan vows to inject Covid vaccine live on TV with Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Piers Morgan and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have pledged to inject the just-approved Covid-19 vaccine together, live on air, to help convince the UK public it is safe.