Moderna vaccine approved in Great Britain

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Following the EU, Great Britain has also approved the coronavirus vaccine of the U.S. manufacturer Moderna. The competent authority has granted approval to the vaccine, the British government announced today in London.

It is the third product to be allowed to be vaccinated in the country, following the vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer, and the domestic vaccine from Oxford University and the AstraZeneca group. The U.K. has ordered 17 million doses of the Moderna drug.

The Moderna vaccine is considered to be just as effective, but somewhat less complicated to use than the Biontech and Pfizer agent. It does not need to be refrigerated at minus 70 degrees, unlike the Biontech and Pfizer remedy. In the U.S., Moderna vaccine has already been injected since shortly before Christmas following emergency approval. It has also already been approved in the EU.

1.5 million Britons vaccinated
Like the Biontech and Pfizer vaccines, the Moderna vaccine is an mRNA vaccine. It contains genetic information from the pathogen, which the body uses to produce a virus protein. The aim of the vaccine is to stimulate the body to produce antibodies against this protein in order to intercept the viruses before they enter cells and multiply.

So far, about 1.5 million people have been vaccinated in the United Kingdom, according to government figures. However, the pace of the vaccination campaign is to be significantly accelerated to deal with the out-of-control virus. The aim is to offer the first vaccination to the 15 million Britons who are particularly at risk by mid-February.

— Source: orf.at/picture: pixabay.com

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