Moderna Covid vaccine permitted to be used within the UK

CSL staff will be working in the laboratory on November 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia, where they will begin manufacturing the AstraZeneca-Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine.

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The UK regulator has approved Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for use in the country, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.

It is the third Covid shot approved for use in the UK following previous vaccine approvals from Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as Oxford and AstraZeneca universities.

In a press release, the department announced that the Moderna vaccine met the “stringent standards for safety, efficacy and quality” set by the drug and health product regulator.

It added that the UK had ordered an additional 10 million doses of the vaccine, bringing the total to 17 million. They are expected to be available from spring.

The MHRA approved the Moderna vaccine after months of rigorous clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people. It added that it was 94% effective in preventing Covid, even in the elderly.

This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.

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