The UK is set to have five million doses of the latest coronavirus vaccine by spring 2021 if it is approved, Matt Hancock has confirmed. US company Moderna has announced results from their preliminary trial data suggesting that their vaccine has an effectiveness of 94.5 percent. The Health Secretary dubbed the news “encouraging”, but also noted that there are still some challenges to overcome.
He told the briefing: “This is another encouraging step forward, although I stress that this is preliminary.
“The safety data is limited and their production facilities are not yet at scale.
“Should this latest vaccine be approved, the doses would be available from spring next year.
“I can announce that we have today secured an initial agreement for five million doses of the Moderna vaccine.”
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