First UK doses of Moderna vaccine to be administered today in Wales

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The first UK doses of the Moderna vaccine will start being administered in Wales today, the Welsh Government has said.

Moderna’s drug is the third coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out in Britain after being approved by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on 8 January.

Patients at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen will be the first to receive the jab, Welsh ministers confirmed on Wednesday.

They said 5,000 doses were sent to vaccination centres in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area on Tuesday.

Britain has purchased 17 million doses of the Moderna drug. It will be administered in two doses, therefore this batch will be enough for 8.5 million people.

The vaccine’s phase three results suggest its efficacy against Covid-19 is 94.1 per cent, and efficacy against severe cases of the virus is 100 per cent.

It will be rolled out alongside the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs.

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