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A worker near the Pfizer facility in Purs, Belgium on 3 December.
A worker near the Pfizer facility in Purs, Belgium, on 3 December. Getty Images by Gert Vanden Vijangert / Bloomberg

The first dose of Pfizer-Bioentech’s Covid-19 vaccine arrived in the UK on Thursday, a day after the country approved the vaccine for distribution, according to British media.

Pfizer and Downing Street declined to comment on CNN, citing security reasons.

As many as 800,000 doses of the vaccine will be made available next week, the UK Health Department told CNN.

The vaccine was carried by a convoy of unidentified trucks from Belgium to Eurotunnel and was preparing to go to undisclosed storage facilities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to ITV News affiliated with CNN. Associated with ITV News.

According to the health ministry, the storage facilities will be used to distribute in-demand vaccines to hospital0 hospital hubs early next week.

“We expect to get (Pfizer vaccine) in the UK very soon, and I mean hours, not days,” said Jonathan Van-T, England’s deputy chief medical officer, on Thursday.

First vaccine approval: The UK became the first Western country to authorize the use of the coronavirus vaccine. The country has been ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer Jab – one-third of the UK population – for at least three weeks of administration, including two shots administered, which is enough to vaccinate 20 million people.