North Ayrshire politician backs latest Covid-19 vaccine

Pablo Tucker
January 13, 2021

Sharing the news on Twitter, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: "Great to see the first delivery of the Moderna vaccine land in Ireland".

All other adults can then be vaccinated (voluntarily and for free) once sufficient doses of vaccine are available, a position which Switzerland expects to be in this summer.

The Brandenburg Health Ministry told the dpa news agency that it was also holding off using its first 2,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the same concerns.

The company's potential vaccine agist HIV, a virus that can lead to AIDS, is being developed in collaboration with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Moderna said, noting that Phase 1 clinical trails for this vaccine are also expected to begin this year. As noted, this is still just one of the options being discussed, but if Uber and Moderna are willing to commit it to print, that at least means they're serious about trying to find a way. Outbreaks have largely occurred in India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore.

Bancel added that the company is making more APAs for this and next year.

Two separate groups - the Doctors of B.C. and the BC Nurses Union have been calling on the province to reverse its decision to delay the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing the move is unscientific, unsafe and unethical.

This is the second vaccine to be used in Ireland after the Pfizer/BioNTech version.

The Moderna vaccine, like the Pfizer-BioNTech, is said to be about 95 percent effective as the government awaits for European Union approval of the United Kingdom's AstraZeneca vaccine that's only 70 percent effective.

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