Daily US Times: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “excellent news” that a third Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. The vaccine made by US company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer vaccine, one already being offered on the NHS.
The United Kingdom has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the vaccine – 10 million more than planned. But supplies of the vaccine are not expected to arrive until spring.
Moderna vaccine It is the last coronavirus vaccine with final trial data published.
There are hundreds of vaccine still in development, with some expected to report findings in the near future.
Around 1.5 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine so far, with either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines already approved by UK regulators.
That figure includes almost a quarter of those aged over 80 in the country – people at highest risk of severe illness or death from the virus.
Covid-19 vaccines are being given to the most vulnerable population first, as set out in a list of nine high-priority groups, covering around 30 million people in the UK.
Mr Johnson has said the aim is to vaccinate 15 million people in the country by mid-February, including frontline NHS staff, care homes residents and staff, everyone over 70 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “This is further great news and another weapon in our arsenal to tame this awful disease.”
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