Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shown speaking at a news conference on December 13 said Friday that member states can purchase up to 3 million more doses of coronavirus vaccines

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, among others, have warned of emerging pandemic-related fraud schemes, saying false cures and vaccines advertised on fake websites could pose cyber threats and a significant risk to peoples' health, or even lives.

"The antibody decay generated by the vaccine in humans goes down very slowly (.) We believe there will be protection potentially for a couple of years", he added.

The vaccine is 94% effective in preventing disease, including in the elderly.

As of 1403 GMT, shares of Moderna were up by 2.76% at $119.5 in the USA premarket.

Addressing the criticism of the EU's slow start in the vaccine rollout when compared to Britain and the United States, Von der Leyen insisted that the European Union has taken "the right course of action", explaining that her commission had to sift six from 160 vaccine candidates.

The UK has already authorized those two and just added the vaccine developed by Oxford University with AstraZeneca.

Minster for Health Stephen Donnelly said on Wednesday that Ireland has ordered 875,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and that "the logistics are being finalised".

"We have right now, access to 300 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine".

Early results of large, still unfinished studies show both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines appear safe and strongly protective, although Moderna's is easier to handle since it doesn't need to be stored at ultra-frozen temperatures. It said side effects "were usually mild or moderate and got better within a few days after vaccination". The U.S. gave it the green light for emergency use in people over 18 years on December 18, followed by Canada five days later with an interim authorization also for people over 18.

It is made by United States company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS.

As millions of people await their turn to get a COVID-19 vaccine that could be months away, scammers online, in emails and on messaging apps are luring victims with claims they can deliver shots within days for as little as $150. They don't contain any coronavirus - meaning they can not cause infection. France vaccinated around 500 people in the first week, while Germany vaccinated 200,000.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that approval of the Moderna vaccine "is another important step in the fight against the pandemic".



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