The government wants to allow for the speeding up of authorising any vaccine for Covid – and has opened a consultation for feedback:
Distributing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and flu
We want your views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations to help with the safe and efficient distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and expanded flu vaccine programme in the UK, along with treatments for COVID-19 and any other diseases that become pandemic.
“The government consultation released today shows some of the thought and preparation going into the deployment of a possible COVID-19 vaccine. Its main purpose is to give the government the option to authorise a vaccine before it is licensed by the European regulator (the EMA) and laying down some of the legal groundwork to do so. If the government chooses to exercise this option, it would help public confidence if the government commits to fully disclosing its reasons for regulatory divergence from the EMA’s decision-making, especially in its interpretation of safety and efficacy.”
And with the Lancet just publishing a study on “growing evidence of vaccine delays or refusals due to a lack of trust in the importance, safety, or effectiveness of vaccines, alongside persisting access issues”: