Britain on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and said it will be rolled out from early next week. Here are some reactions to the news: ITALY HEALTH MINISTER ROBERTO SPERANZA (SPEAKING IN PARLIAMENT) "At the moment the EMA has not issued any formal approval... I am still speaking with caution because we demand that EMA carries out all the controls keeping the bar on surveillance very high, because when the vaccine will be administered to people it will certainly have to be a safe vaccine but it will have to be an effective vaccine. YAZDAN YAZDANPANAH, HEAD OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES AT PARIS' BICHAT HOSPITAL, MEMBER OF THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT'S SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL. "This is not a 100-meter dash. It's not because they'll start next week that they'll do better than others. I think we should take the time to look at all the data. It's also important to show everybody -- considering the hesitations (in the public) -- that we're doing that seriously." JOHN TREGONING, A READER IN RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON: "This is great news and remarkable progress given the first cases were less than a year ago. It shows what progress can be made through science and innovation. The MHRA, the UK drug regulator, will have gone through all the safety data from the trials before approving and will continue to monitor as it is rolled out more widely. The next step will be to get the vaccine to the people who need it the most." PROFESSOR ARNE AKBAR, PRESIDENT OF THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR IMMUNOLOGY: "It is only 12 months since the first case recorded case of COVID-19 and in that time, researchers around the world have worked tirelessly to increase our understanding of this new disease and develop safe and effective vaccines." "To achieve this within this timescale is remarkable and the researchers should be applauded. Although development of this vaccine has occurred rapidly, it,
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