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The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against COVID-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week, according to the BBC.

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The UK has already ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million people.

Around 10 million doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.

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