Boris Johnson to address nation this afternoon as vaccine hopes announced

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Boris Johnson will address the nation from Downing Street this afternoon as good news about a coronavirus vaccine was announced.

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine candidate is more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 during a major trial.

Following the announcement, the Prime Minister said he would give a televised press conference at 5pm on Monday afternoon, which will presumably provide more information about the vaccine and when it might be available to the public.

Pfizer, which is developing the mRNA-based vaccine with BioNTech, said the results were from a independent interim analysis of the results of its phase three clinical study.

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Dr Albert Bourla, Pfizer chairman and CEO, said: "Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our phase three Covid-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine's ability to prevent Covid-19.

"We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development programme at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen.

"With today's news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis.

"We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated from thousands of participants in the coming weeks.

"I want to thank the thousands of people who volunteered to participate in the clinical trial, our academic collaborators and investigators at the study sites, and our colleagues and collaborators around the world who are dedicating their time to this crucial endeavour.

"We could not have come this far without the tremendous commitment of everyone involved."

The news comes after a further 122 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 34,496, NHS England said on Sunday.

Patients were aged between 44 and 98 and all except four, aged between 61 and 95, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 15 and November 7.

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