MHRA Approves Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the regulator of all medicines and medical devices in the UK has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after meeting the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards for use in the UK (1).  

COVID-19 vaccine

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the UK after Pfizer/BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 and Oxford/AstraZeneca’s ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019.  

Like Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT162b2, this vaccine as well is a mRNA vaccine and works on the same principle of injecting viral mRNA in to the cells (2).  



  1. MHRA 2021. Press release – Moderna vaccine becomes third COVID-19 vaccine approved by UK regulator. Published 8 January 2021. Available on Accessed on 08 January 2021  
  1. Prasad U., 2020. COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine: A Milestone in Science and a Game Changer in Medicine. Scientific European. Posted online on 29 December 2020. Available online on Accessed on 08 January 2021.  




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