WorldA person holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a care home in Naples, Italy, on Mar 30, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/Ciro De Luca)07 Apr 2021 07:28PMShare this contentBookmarkLONDON: The United Kingdom on Wednesday (Apr 7) began rolling out its third COVID-19 vaccine, from American company Moderna, as questions mounted over jabs from the country's main supplier, AstraZeneca.
The Moderna vaccine, which is already being delivered in Europe and the United States, joined ones from AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Pfizer-BioNTech in Britain's armoury against the coronavirus.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe first jab of the two-stage Moderna inoculation was given at a hospital in Wales to 24-year-old Elle Taylor.
"I'm an unpaid carer for my grandmother, so it is very important to me that I get it, so I can care for her properly and safely," she told reporters.Taylor said she would have been happy to take theAstraZeneca jabdespite adverse publicity, centred in Europe, surrounding blood clots. headtopics.com
"I had heard, but it doesn't concern me too much. And I guess if it happens, it happens, and I am in the right care if I need it, and I feel happy that I've tried the new one," she said.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe arrival of the Moderna inoculation represents a timely diversification of Britain's roll-out, and was hailed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"We have ordered 17 million doses that will be going into arms across the UK in the coming weeks. Please get your jab as soon as you are contacted," he tweeted. Read more: CNA »