Dr Amir Khan has called for members of the UK government to take the coronavirus vaccine live on TV.
The medical professional joined Lorraine Kelly on Friday morning’s broadcast of Lorraine, where they were discussing the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.
800,000 units of the vaccine are set to be rolled out across the country, with those in care homes and the NHS frontline staff expected to be first in line to receive it.
However, some have raised their concerns about the vaccine and how quickly it has been developed, with Dr Khan doing his best to assure viewers that it is safe and the ‘globally recognised body’ who approved it – the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) – ‘have not been faulted in any way’.
Dr Khan revealed that former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton are all planning on taking the vaccine live on US television to reassure others that it is ok to do so.
Piers Morgan and health secretary Matt Hancock were seen making a pledge to take the vaccine live on TV and now Dr Khan is calling for more members of the UK government to do the same.
‘They’ve all said that once the vaccine gets approval by the FDE they will go on television and publicly get the vaccine,’ Dr Khan said of the former US presidents.
‘It’s all about restoring public faith, getting rid of all that horrible misinformation out there. It will be safe when it’s ready to be given.’
He added: ‘I think that’s really important and I’m hoping that there will be a UK equivalent for us.’
Lorraine agreed as she suggested the UK government take the vaccine, along with their families, to prove to the nation that it is safe to do so.
She said: ‘What might be good is if members of the UK government take it and their families – that will really get the message across that it’s safe, that it works and it should be celebrated.’
Dr Khan insisted that the vaccine is ‘good news and a step in the right direction’
The vaccine, created by Pfizer, is said to offer 95% protection against the virus.
News that it has arrived in the UK comes as England came out of its four-week national lockdown on Wednesday, that had been set in place by the government in order to slow the rate of the virus spreading, following an increase in a number of Covid-19 cases.
There are currently over 1.6million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with the number of deaths now reaching over 60,000.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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