UK becomes first country to approve omicron vaccine

HY News 16 August, 2022 10:41 am IST

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United Kingdom becomes the first country to approve vaccine for the omicron corona virus variant. The UK’s drug regulator on Monday said it had approved an updated Moderna vaccine which is supposed to offer better protection against the so-called “Omicron” variant of COVID-19.

The UK medicines regulator (MHRA) gave the so-called bivalent vaccine made by US drug company Moderna conditional approval as a booster for adults on Monday, setting the stage for a booster campaign later this year that uses the two-strain shot.

As in late 2020, when the UK rushed to become the first country to approve the first COVID vaccine, the MHRA decision came ahead of pending ones expected soon from European regulators, among others.

Moderna says it expects similar approval from regulators in Europe, Canada, Australia and elsewhere in the coming weeks.

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