Empty vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

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Pfizer: Manufacturer
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On 8 December 2020, the UK was the first country in the world to use the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of a mass immunisation programme. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, also known as the Oxford Vaccine or AstraZeneca vaccine, has also been approved for use in the UK.

90-year-old Margaret Keenan was given the first of two immunisation injections, at Coventry University Hospital, against the coronavirus as part of the NHS programme.

How does the Covid-19 vaccine work?
The Covid-19 vaccine works in the same way all vaccines do, by sending a signal to our immune system to create the antibodies that will fight the virus.

See our Covid-19 FAQs: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/coronavirus-vaccine-faq
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