Longer wait for new brand of vaccine within NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lanarkshire has stated that it will not begin to utilise the new Moderna vaccine which arrived in Scotland last week during the month of April.

The vaccination

Three Scots health boards in total are already utilising the vaccination which is the third - after Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford/ AstraZeneca- to be regulated in the United Kingdom.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the country’s three largest vaccination clinics are dispensing it in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen this month.

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The jab – which like the first two requires two shots in total- was developed in the United States.

A total of one million doses have been snapped up for Scottish patients.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Nicola Steedman said: “The Moderna vaccine, like the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/ Astrazeneca vaccines, has gone through a rigorous and independent testing process before being authorised as safe and effective for use.

“I encourage everyone who is offered a vaccine to take up the invitation. The vaccination programme is one of three key ways we are working to beat this virus, along with our expanded testing programme to identify cases and break chains of transmission and the important restrictions everyone in Scotland must follow. “

Meanwhile it has emerged that Valneva a vaccine being developed in Livingston for global use has moved to Phase Three of its trial -in a move which will involve 5,000 people some of whom are Scots.