First supplies of Moderna vaccine starts in Europe

Source : 112 Ukraine

The supplies have started in the Netherlands, France and Germany
14:21, 12 January 2021


Germany, the Netherlands and France have received the first batches of doses of Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus infection, as The Brussels Times reported.

“Distribution of the first doses of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine in Europe started on Monday (January 11),” the message said.

Meanwhile, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) stated that the first supply in Belgium is planned at the end of January but the particular date is not specified.

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The number of doses was not announced officially; however, last week, virologist Pierre Van Damme mentioned some 20,000 doses in the first delivery.

It is noted that the Moderna vaccine is produced at two entities: in the U.S. and at Lonza, Visp, Switzerland. Swiss logistics group Kuehne+Nagel will hold the transportation of the vaccine.

In Europe, the vaccines will be stored centralized in one center but its location is not announced.

Related: WHO claims vaccination not to help form herd immunity to Covid-19 in 2021

On January 6, the European Union’s medicines agency gave the green light to Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine. It is the second vaccine approved for use in Europe besides Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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