Moderna Inc mentioned on Wednesday it expects that the immunity induced by its COVID-19 vaccine could be protecting in opposition to the coronavirus variants reported within the UK.
The firm mentioned it plans to run assessments to verify the vaccine’s exercise in opposition to any pressure.
Moderna’s feedback got here amid the British authorities’s plan to put enormous swathes of England beneath its strictest COVID-19 restrictions as a extremely infectious virus variant sweeps the nation.
The firm mentioned it expects its vaccine, which was just lately granted the U.S. emergency use authorization, to be protecting in opposition to the UK variant primarily based on knowledge thus far.
“We have already tested sera from animals and humans vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine against a number of previous variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that have emerged since the first outbreak of the pandemic and found our vaccine to remain equally effective,” Moderna mentioned.
The U.S.-based firm mentioned it will be performing further assessments of the vaccine within the coming weeks to verify its expectation.
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