Saturday, 23 January, 2021


Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK

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Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2021, 13:18

France's national health authority said Friday that it has approved Moderna's vaccine for people 18 and older, to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

"EMA's human medicines committee (CHMP) has recommended updating the product information for Comirnaty to clarify that each vial contains six doses of the vaccine", EMA said.

Reuters had reported on Wednesday that the regulator was close to approving such a move.

The U.S. has now distributed more than 9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since December 14 - a total that increased by almost 5 million doses in the past seven days.

Moderna's vaccine does not require ultra-cold storage since it can be kept at about minus-20 degrees Celsius, unlike Pfizer's which has to be stored at minus-75 degrees Celsius.

To extract the sixth dose from a single vial, low dead volume syringes or needles, which only retain a low amount of solution after an injection, should be used, EMA said, adding that there should be no pooling from multiple vials to make up a full dose.

People who have received a coronavirus vaccine should continue to follow social distancing rules to protect themselves and others.

Meanwhile, 235 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide with 63 of them in clinical trials in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on January 6.

"Patients should never try to secure a vaccine online - no legitimate vaccine is sold online - and only get vaccinated at certified vaccination centers or by certified healthcare providers", a Pfizer spokesman said in a statement.

It is made by United States company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS. Israel authorized the vaccine on Monday.

Moderna said separately on Monday it would produce at least 600 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, up by 100 million doses from its previous forecast. Instead, they use a piece of genetic code that trains the immune system to recognize the spike protein on the surface of the virus, ready to attack if the real thing comes along. France vaccinated around 500 people in the first week, while Germany vaccinated 200,000.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that approval of the Moderna vaccine "is another important step in the fight against the pandemic".

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