ON THE VACCINE FRONT

Three countries could be ready to begin large-scale vaccinations against COVID-19 next month.

Regulators in the United Kingdom will reportedly approve the Pfizer vaccine this week, clearing the way for vaccinations to begin almost immediately.

The vaccine, along with one developed by Moderna, have shown effective rates of more than 90 percent in large-scale trials.

A third company, Astra-Zeneca, announced this morning that its’ Oxford vaccine has also proven to be 90 percent effective.

Germany’s health minister says the approval of at least one of the vaccines is expected next month, and the country’s health regions will have vaccination centres ready to go by the middle of December.

And the head of the vaccine program in the U-S says they’ll be ready to ship the inoculations within 24 hours of their approval, which is expected to occur before the middle of next month.

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