The Modern Coronavirus Vaccine has been authorized by the UK, rendering three jabs available to Brits.
The jab has already been cleared by the EU and US, and the UK has ordered 17 million doses.
The Government does not, however, anticipate that they will be delivered until later this year, most probably in March.
This is another wonderful news and another tool in our arsenal to tame this devastating disease,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.”
We have already vaccinated nearly 1.5 million people throughout the United Kingdom, and Moderna’s vaccine will allow us to further accelerate our vaccination program once doses have been available since spring.
“While we vaccinate those most at risk from Covid, I urge everyone to simply follow the rules to keep cases low to protect our loved ones.”
It is easier to distribute the Moderna vaccine than the Pfizer jab, which needs to be stored at around -70C.
It is being manufactured in the US, however, and it will take a few months before it can be distributed by European facilities.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), along with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines, is the third to be given the green light.
The MHRA acknowledged the Commission on Human Medicines Recommendation and authorized it after months of rigorous clinical trials.
The vaccine is 94 percent effective in disease prevention, including elderly people.
In addition to its initial request of seven million, the Government has also agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, for a total of 17 million.
As agreed upon when the UK originally pre-ordered the vaccine, once Moderna expands its production capacity, supplies will start to be delivered to the UK from spring.