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Nicola Sturgeon says new vaccine development is ‘best news’ that gives UK ‘real hope’

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On Monday morning it was announced that pharmaceutical company Pfizer has produced a vaccine that is 90 percent effective. Scotland’s First Minister stated that this news provides light at the end of the tunnel and issued a passionate rallying call for people to remain motivated during the next phase of the pandemic. 

Ms Sturgeon said during her coronavirus press briefing: “It might not be visible at the moment but there is light at the end of this tunnel, don’t forget that.

“The news we have heard this morning about one of the vaccines being developed by the pharmaceutical Pfizer which has been trialled in other countries across the world, the early indication is that it is 90 percent effective.

“That is good news, perhaps among the best news we have had in recent weeks.

“It is not going to provide us with a way out of this today, tomorrow, next week or perhaps not even in this calendar year but that development with all of the other work that is going to the development of other vaccines does right now give us real hope that in the not too distant future science is going to find us a way out of this terrible time we have been living through.

“So hold on to that hope today but also use it as a motivation.

“What we are living through now and all the restrictions that are so difficult for all of us will not last forever.

“It is really important we stick with them now so we get out of the other side of this with as few people as possible becoming ill or losing their lives.”

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