As the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine continues, the government is planning to train more health workers to deliver vaccines.
Pharmacists, midwives, physiotherapists and other health professionals will be trained on how to give coronavirus vaccines when one is approved. This comes after concerns were raised that when a safe and effective vaccine is discovered there wouldn`t be enough people to deliver the vaccine.
The proposals under consideration are meant to enable the UK government to sidestep the European Medicines Agency`s red tape and administer to the UK people any vaccine found without delays.
Oxford University researchers had developed one of the most promising vaccines which Donald Trump is reportedly considering for use in the US, even though it hasn`t been proven by scientists.
The deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, said: “If we develop effective vaccines, it’s important we make them available to patients as quickly as possible but only once strict safety standards have been met.
“The proposals consulted on today suggest ways to improve access and ensure as many people are protected from Covid-19 and flu as possible without sacrificing the absolute need to ensure that any vaccine used is both safe and effective,” he said.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), several existing NHS workers, as well as student doctors and nurses will also be trained as the UK prepares to fast-track any newly developed vaccine.
The consultation which seeks to amend the Human Medicine Regulations 2012, will also consider ways to protect companies which manufacture and distribute the vaccine, should it give rise to any harm.