The Moderna vaccine was rolled out in London for the first time today, as a trainee vaccinator became one of the first people to receive the jab.
It came a week after the jab was first administered in Wales to Elle Taylor, an unpaid carer for her 82-year-old grandmother, from Ammanford.
Martin Machray, joint chief nurse for NHS England and NHS Improvement in London, said: “We’re delighted to start rolling-out the Moderna vaccine in London from today, and encourage all those who are invited to book their jab without delay.
“Thanks to the efforts of staff, the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history has now delivered over four million doses of the Covid vaccine to Londoners and from this week people over the age of 45 are able to book their jab, while anyone in the top priority groups can come forward at any time to take up their offer.”
The rollout of the US vaccine in England began yesterday when a 28-year-old solicitor was among the first people it.
Emily Sanderson received the jab, which had a 94.1 per cent efficacy against the disease in phase three trials, at the Sheffield Arena vaccination centre.
Ms Sanderson, who has an underlying health condition, was due to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine but it was changed to Moderna, the NHS said.
It was also revealed earlier today that Moderna’s early trials of a vaccine targeting the South African Covid variant has produced antibodies in mice, raising hopes of its effectiveness for humans.
The company is the first to produce a vaccine designed specifically for the variant and last night said its pre-clinical trials for both jabs “improved neutralising titers”, meaning that antibodies detected in the blood increased.
It is also developing a multivalent vaccine that combines its original vaccination with the South Africa-specific jab, which the firm says will provide the broadest level of immunity, The Times reported.