New measures announced to bolster safe mass rollout of vaccine amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

New measures announced to bolster safe mass rollout of vaccine amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a raft of measures to allow the safe future mass rollout of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. These measures include reinforced safeguards to support the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to grant temporary authorisation for the use of a new coronavirus vaccine, expanding the trained workforce who can administer coronavirus and flu vaccines to improve access, and protect the public and clarifying the scope of the protection from civil liability for the additional workforce that could be allowed to administer vaccinations.

If a coronavirus vaccine is discovered before 2021, the proposals will strengthen existing powers that allow the MHRA to consider approving its use before a full product licence is granted, as long as it is proven to be safe and effective during robust and extensive clinical trials.

The government has also opened a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, SI 2012/1916, which would look at authorising temporary supply of an unlicensed product, civil liability and immunity, expanding the workforce eligible to administer vaccinations, promoting vaccines and making provisions for wholesale dealing of vaccines.

Source: New measures to support development of safe COVID-19 vaccines for UK

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