COVID news live – UK latest: Moderna jabs rolled out in England today as vaccination programme enters next phase – Sky News

What do we understand about the Moderna rollout?

It will be provided to individuals together with the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, which were launched in December and January respectively – but what else do we understand about the brand-new jab?

Today, the Moderna vaccine becomes the 3rd jab to be presented in England.

Professor Adam Finn, member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, told Sky News the Moderna rollout is “really encouraging” and “another action along the way to a very comprehensive [vaccine] programme that can protect all of us”.

How effective is it against coronavirus?

The phase 3 outcomes suggested vaccine effectiveness against the
virus was 94.1%, and vaccine effectiveness versus serious COVID-19 was 100%.

Who developed the vaccine?

Moderna is a United States pharmaceutical and biotechnology business
with its head office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dolly Parton is credited with helping money the jab after donating
one million dollars (about ₤ 716,000) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in
Nashville, Tennessee, which got involved in the research study.

The vaccine received funding from two United States federal firms –
the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

How many dosages of Moderna does the UK have and where is it available?

More websites will have the ability to
deliver the jab as supply boosts.

The NHS in England confirmed that
the Moderna jab will be delivered at more than 20 vaccination sites today
consisting of Readings Madejski Stadium and the Sheffield Arena.

The federal government has purchased 17 million dosages – enough to
immunize about 8.5 million people.

The jab has already been rolled out in Wales and Scotland and is expected to be provided to people in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

How does the vaccine work?

The Moderna jab is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine.

It can be securely kept at temperatures of around minus 20C
( minus 4F) – achievable in a basic pharmaceutical refrigerator and can be kept
for about 30 days prior to use.

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