Swissmedic gives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the green light

Eloise Marshall
January 13, 2021

Moderna - the company that created one of the two COVID-19 vaccines that were approved late previous year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use - said on Monday that it will pursue the development of three new vaccines: one for the seasonal flu, one for HIV, and one for Nipah virus using mRNA technology, according to a news release.

Trudeau said that between April and June, Canada would have enough doses for 20 million people.

That number has more doubled in the past week, as the CDC reported that 4 million doses had been distributed as of January 4.

Compared to other provinces, B.C. had administered the highest percentage of vaccines received, according to the most recent data available.

"The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now have extended the interval, the recommended interval for doses to 42 days, recognizing that that was perfectly safe and effective in the vaccine trials.", she said.

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The Committee writes that for many other multi-dose vaccines, the first dose provides most of the short-term protection, with additional doses being primarily meant to extend that protection.

"We are conducting researches of the Covid-19 vaccine on adolescents aged 12-17, and is planning a study of those for children aged 1-11", Bancel said.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency recently approved the Moderna jab which requires two doses for protection against Covid-19.

The speed of vaccinations is set to rise in coming weeks, with yesterday seeing the first batch of the Moderna vaccine - the second vaccine passed for use in Ireland, along with the Pfizer vaccine - arriving in Ireland.

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