NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Britain allows the temporary use of the Flublok flu vaccine. Order millions of doses as it tries to get more vaccines to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The surge in demand for a vaccine to prevent winter flu has caused a crisis in several European cities. This increases the risk of a “double pandemic”, which has the potential to cause death, when COVID-19 infection increases.
The UK is targeting vaccinations for more than 30 million people, nearly half of the population. The government also said it would authorize the supply of Flublock, which was used in the United States for the past three winters.
“Flublock is commonly used in the United States and evidence shows that it is very good,” said the deputy head of the UK’s medical advisory body, Jonathan Van Tam.
“I want to make sure to all parties that all vaccines have passed reliable clinical trials and rigorous regulatory checks to ensure that vaccines are safe, effective and of high quality.”
Flublok has a permit for temporary supplies from the Health and Drug Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The MHRA is authorized to take such steps once a drug is confirmed to be safe and effective in responding to threats to public health.
Regulators are given extra powers during a pandemic. Such is also possible to provide temporary clearance for any COVID-19 vaccine that meets safety and quality standards before obtaining a full license. (int1)