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Tue Apr 6, 2021, 03:54 AM

Moderna Covid vaccine set to start being given to Brits in just two weeks' time

The Moderna jab - the third to be approved in the UK after Pfizer and AstraZeneca - will be 'in deployment' around the third week of April, said Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi


Brits are set to start receiving the Moderna coronavirus vaccine in just two weeks' time, a Tory minister has said. Nadhim Zahawi said the jab - the third type of vaccine to be used in Britain after Pfizer and AstraZeneca - will be "deployed" from around the third week of April.

The Vaccines Minister gave the news three months after Moderna was approved for use by the MHRA regulator. The issue had been getting the first doses into the UK.

Britain has ordered 17million doses from the US firm. Previously Downing Street had only promised the first shipments would arrive by "Spring" and had been cagey on the timetable.

Last month another minister, Oliver Dowden, said the vaccine would arrive "later" in April. Mr Zahawi, however, said the timetable was "very much" on track for the vaccine to arrive in mid-April and gave more detail today.


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