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Rollout of Moderna coronavirus vaccine begins in UK

Rollout of Moderna coronavirus vaccine begins in UK

The UK's first doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine are being administered in Wales today, after supplies arrived in the country yesterday.

The vaccine is the third to be authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and used in the UK on the NHS.

The Moderna vaccine was authorised by the MHRA as safe and effective in January this year following clinical trials. The vaccine is being used in addition to the vaccines from Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech.

Much like the vaccines previously used in the UK's coronavirus vaccination rollout, the Moderna vaccine is given through two doses at an interval of between four and 12 weeks.

5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been sent to vaccination centres in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area, which are to be the first in the UK to administer the vaccine. The first doses will be given at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen today.

Announcing the administering of the vaccines in Wales, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said;

"This is another key milestone in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A third vaccine for use in Wales significantly adds to our defences in the face of coronavirus and will help to protect our most vulnerable.

 "Every vaccine given to someone in Wales is a small victory against the virus and we would encourage everyone to go for their vaccine when invited."

To date, more than 31.6 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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