European regulators recommend Moderna Covid-19 jab
By Ella Pickover, PA Health Correspondent
European health officials have recommended the use of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for the jab for adults.
British regulators – the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – are still conducting a review on the vaccine.
Emer Cooke, executive director of EMA said: “This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency.
“It is a testament to the efforts and commitment of all involved that we have this second positive vaccine recommendation just short of a year since the pandemic was declared by WHO (World Health Organisation).
“As for all medicines, we will closely monitor data on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to ensure ongoing protection of the EU public.
“Our work will always be guided by the scientific evidence and our commitment to safeguard the health of EU citizens.”
The decision comes just days after the end of the Brexit transition period.
As part of the transition period, until the end of December 2020, Covid-19 vaccine candidates authorised via the EMA would automatically be valid in the UK.
It is the second jab recommended by the EMA after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.