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).
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).
- MHRA 2021. Press release – Moderna vaccine becomes third COVID-19 vaccine approved by UK regulator. Published 8 January 2021. Available on https://www.gov.uk/government/news/moderna-vaccine-becomes-third-covid-19-vaccine-approved-by-uk-regulator Accessed on 08 January 2021
- 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 https://www.scientificeuropean.co.uk/covid-19-mrna-vaccine-a-milestone-in-science-and-a-game-changer-in-medicine/ Accessed on 08 January 2021.