A VACCINE to help curb the spread of coronavirus has been approved for use, and residents in Barnsley could receive it from as early as next week.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine offers up to 95 per cent protection against the virus – according to the British medicine regulatory board, the MHRA.

The UK government has ordered around 40 million doses which will be used to treat 20 million people, and is the first country in the world to approve the vaccine for widespread use.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tweeted: “It’s fantastic that the MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19.

“The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week.

“It's the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again.”

The first 80,000 doses should be arriving in the country this week.