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. css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} UK will get coronavirus vaccine first because it’s a “much better country” than France, Belgium and the US, the education minister says.

Some UK ministers claim Brexit speeded up the process – but Gavin Williamson said it was due to having superior medical experts.

On Wednesday, the UK regulator became the first to approve the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for use.

The drug and health products regulator’s decision means the vaccine will be launched for those most at risk from next week.

Patients need two doses three weeks apart, so the vaccination project is likely to take several months.

Speaking to LBC Radio on Thursday, Williamson said, “I just think we have the best people in this country and we obviously have the best medical regulator, much better than the French, much better than the Belgians have a lot better than the Americans.

“I am not surprised at all because we are a much better country than any one of them. “

He said the UK has a “real competitive advantage” but do you know who matters? It’s up to the brilliant, brilliant clinicians in the regulator who got it there so quickly, and we thank them because if they do what they did they will have saved lives. “

But European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said the MHRA experts are “very good” but “we are definitely not in the game of comparing regulators between countries or commenting on claims about who is better”. .

“This is not a football competition, we are talking about people’s lives and health,” he said.

Conservative Peer Lord Forsyth said it was “disappointing to see some people trying to turn the brilliant vaccine news into political capital”. .

“In all honesty, it’s just inappropriate and we should unite in our thanks to those responsible for this breakthrough and the hope it brings to everyone on the planet,” the former Scottish secretary wrote in a tweet.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who leads the U.S. pandemic response, told Fox News that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is more cautious.

“The way the FDA is, our FDA is doing it, is the right way,” said Dr. Fauci. “We are studying the data very carefully to ensure the American public that this is a safe and effective vaccine. “

He added, “I think if we did less we would add to the already existing reluctance of many people to take the vaccine because they are concerned about safety or because they fear we will go too quickly went. “

Both MHRA and the EU have rejected Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s claim that Brexit allowed the UK to “speed up” the same security controls and processes as the EU.

The chairman of the board of the MHRA, Dr. June Raine said on Wednesday: “We were able to authorize the supply of this vaccine under the provisions of European law, which will expire on January 1. January exist. “.

In the extensive interview with LBC, Williamson also said that Eton, one of the UK’s top private schools that Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended, should host girls.

Downing Street pushed back on the idea, and a spokesman said the government had “consistently said that same-sex schools are an important part of our education system”. .

It was said that Eton had to decide for himself, but it would “support” any future decision to admit girls to boys’ school.

Two records are set on Wednesday for fear that the pace won’t slow down before Christmas.

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