Pfizer Inc has applied for emergency use authorisation of its coronavirus vaccine in India, a top government health adviser said in a TV interview on Sunday, the first to do so in a country with the world's second-highest number of infections.
The report also said that the British royals would get vaccinated "to encourage more people to take up the vital jab" amid fears peddled by anti-vaxxers.
When asked by Hello! about the vaccination status of the royal family a Buckingham Palace spokesperson would only say: "Medical decisions are personal and this is not something we will comment on".
British ministers have said that they are confident as many as 800,000 doses of the US-German vaccine would arrive in the United Kingdom by next week.
Care home residents, health and care staff are also among the clinically extremely vulnerable and will receive the vaccine on priority basis.
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The vaccine will be manufactured at Pfizer's plant in Puurs, Belgium, and needs to be transported in temperature-controlled thermal shippers that use dry ice.
However, it can be kept for up to five days at 2-8 degrees Celsius.
"Hardworking staff will once again rise to the challenge to protect the most vulnerable people from this bad disease", he added, noting the NHS had "a strong record" in vaccine delivery.
The Daily Mirror also reported a string of high-profile figures in Britain had committed publicly to getting the vaccine in a bid to boost take-up. They include Monty Python star Michael Palin and singer-songwriter Bob Geldof, the tabloid said. We have taken an approach in this country of being led by medical and scientific advice and I think it's served us well and I think that's what we need to do in relation to the vaccine programme too.
"This will be decided, I hope, sooner than later", he said.
USA health officials warned of a surge after millions of Americans traveled to celebrate last week's Thanksgiving holiday despite pleas from authorities to stay home.