Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said it was possible that doses of the Moderna jab could be reserved for young people if the UK’s medicines regulator decides to pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca version in that age group.
The jab has become the third vaccine in circulation in Britain, after the rollout of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines in December and January, respectively.
The UK has bought 17 million doses of Moderna, which is enough to fully vaccinate 8.5 million people.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “delighted we can start the UK rollout of the Moderna vaccine in west Wales today”.
He added: “The UK Government has secured vaccines on behalf of the entire nation and the vaccination programme has shown our country working together at its best.”
It is expected that the Moderna vaccine, which was found to be 94.1 per cent effective in phase three trials, will be rolled out in England from mid-April, deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the first batch of Moderna had arrived in the country on Monday and will be delivered over the coming months.
More than 31 million first doses of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in the UK, according to Government data up to April 5, while more than five million second doses have been given out.
Asked how she felt to be a trailblazer for millions of other people, Ms Taylor said: “I feel thrilled and really happy and honoured, and I just hope it goes well for everybody.”
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