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The COVID-19 vaccine will “definitely” see distribution in UK nursing homes, said the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to BBC Radio Cumbria during an interview, in an initial BBC report.

Coronavirus vaccinations are expected to start at 50 hospital hubs on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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UK COVID-19 vaccinations begin in nursing homes ‘within two weeks’

The way vaccine doses are packed calls for regulators to approve how they’re later broken down into smaller consignments, to ensure the vaccine remains at cold and safe temperatures.

When asked about the schedule for moving vaccine doses into care homes (nursing homes in the U.K.), Chief Executive June Raine of the MHRA said it could be “variable,” but “definitely within two weeks.”

UPDATE Dec. 4, 3:50 PM EST: 

The MHRA stipulates for vaccine doses to undergo repacking for shipping to nursing homes in refrigerated cold rooms, and kept at a temperature between 2 adn 8

This is breaking news about the initial administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.K., so be sure to check-in with us for the forthcoming developments.

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