Moderna (MRNA) Covid-19 vaccine launches for the first time in UK

Covid-19 vaccinations at the Vélodrome National de France

The UK will start rolling out Moderna Inc.’s vaccine on Wednesday, bolstering the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination program amid concerns over AstraZeneca Plc coup and a lack of doses this month.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Moderna vaccine would first be offered in West Wales. It is the third approved vaccine to be offered in Britain, alongside vaccines from AstraZeneca and its partners Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, and its rollout is about two weeks ahead of schedule.

The UK has ordered 17 million doses of the two-dose Moderna vaccine, enough for 8.5 million people.

The success of the vaccination program is crucial to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ambition to fully reopen the UK economy on June 21. On Tuesday, he sought to reassure people about the Astra vaccine amid lingering concerns in Europe over possible side effects.
It later emerged that children’s vaccinations in a shooting study developed by Astra and the University of Oxford were on hold while the UK drugs regulator investigates rare cases of blood clots in adults. No safety concerns arose during the children’s trial, Oxford said.

“The UK government has secured vaccines on behalf of the whole nation and the immunization program has shown our country is working together at its best,” Hancock said in an emailed statement. “Wherever you live, when you get the call, get the jab.”

Visitors enter a Covid-19 vaccination center in London in February.

Photographer: Jason Alden / Bloomberg

“On the right track”

The government insisted it was on track to meet its goal of vaccinating all adults by the end of July, despite a dose reduction in April and a potentially slower-than-expected pace in the months ahead. come.

Vaccination centers and pharmacies face a ‘Significant reduction’ in supply in April, NHS England warned last month – meaning older people waiting for a second dose will be given priority over young people receiving their first vaccine.

The pace of deployment across England is now estimated by the Cabinet Office at an average of 2.7 million doses per week through the end of July – “considerably slower” than a previous forecast of 3.2 million per week, according to a modeling paper by scientists on a government advisory committee released Monday.

Johnson’s official spokesperson Jamie Davies said the government “has never spoken of details regarding supplies and deliveries” of vaccines.

A bottle of Modern Covid-19 vaccine.
Photographer: Nathan Laine / Bloomberg

“There will be a slight reduction in April, but the key thing to remember is that that doesn’t mean we’re not on track to deliver on our promises,” Davies told reporters Tuesday. The UK remains “on track” to deliver a first dose to everyone over 50 by April 15 and to all adults by the end of July, he said.


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