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Medicine laws to be updated ahead of vaccine rollout

Matter to be discussed in November Tynwald sitting

The Island's medicine laws are set to be updated this month, ahead of the potential roll out of a coronavirus vaccine.

If approved, it will allow more healthcare workers on the Island to administer the jabs.

Developers of the first effective coronavirus vaccine, Pfizer and BioNtech are seeking temporary approval from the UK licensing authority so the vaccine can be made public as early as possible.

Changes need to be made to the Island's Medicines Act 2003 to allow for the sale or supply of medicinal products which have been temporarily authorised, for use in a public health emergency.

A further, related amendment allows for such medicines to be advertised to the public as part of a government campaign.

Health Minister David Ashford has said: ‘news of the vaccine breakthrough is very welcome, but there is still some way to go before vaccine supplies are released, and a number of stages to go through before we can offer it to the public. Much work is underway across government to plan the complex logistics required for roll-out.’

The matter will be discussed in Tynwald tomorrow.

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