Piers Morgan vows to inject Covid vaccine live on TV with Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Piers Morgan and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have pledged to inject the just-approved Covid-19 vaccine together, live on air, to help convince the UK public it is safe.
Good Morning Britain presenter Morgan made the suggestion on today’s programme, shortly after news broke that the UK has approved the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.
Morgan told Hancock he was keen to get the vaccine administered live on air on the ITV show, as a way to convince those concerned about its safety.
Replying to Morgan, Hancock said: “Yeah, I’ll take it with you, Piers”.
Morgan said: “I’ll come to where you are anytime next week if we can do this. Let’s do it together, live on air. It would be powerful, it would send the right message.”
Mr Hancock replied: “Well, we’d have to get that approved because, of course, there is a prioritisation according to clinical need and, thankfully, as a healthy, middle-aged man, you’re not at the top of the prioritisation.
“But if we can get that approved and if people think that’s reasonable then I’m up for doing that because once the MHRA has approved a vaccine, they only do that if it is safe.
“And so, if that can help anybody else, persuade anybody else that they should take the vaccine then I think it’s worth it.”
The jab has been shown in studies to be 95% effective and works in all age groups.
The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, enough to vaccinate 20 million people, with about 10 million doses expected to be available for use in the UK shortly for priority groups, including healthcare workers.