A Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech has been approved for use in the UK.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has given it the green light, paving the way for mass vaccinations.

The Isle of Wight is a priority location, says the Island's MP.

Bob Seely said: “The clearance of this first vaccine for use in the UK is very important news. It is a good Christmas present for the Island and the country.

“For the Island, I understand the training in vaccination procedure and handling of the vaccine can now begin. This vaccine is more difficult to store and transport than the other vaccines, so that is an important stage in the roll-out.

"I understand that the IW is a priority location for receiving the vaccine. I hope that the first vaccination on the Island will take place prior to Christmas.

“The country’s vaccine task force has done an impressive job on making sure we have early access to several of the leading vaccines and I want to thank it for its work.”

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