REACTION: Moderna vaccine approved for use in the UK

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Responding to the news that the Moderna vaccine has been approved by the national regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Oxfam’s Health Policy Manager, Anna Marriott said:

“This welcome news means the UK now has more than enough doses to vaccinate the entire population this year. In contrast 9 in 10 people in the poorest countries are set to miss out on a vaccine unless the UK government and companies like Moderna urgently shift position to openly share the science and technology so all countries that need the vaccine are able to get it.

“A failure to act is not just wrong but self-defeating and short-sighted – as long as the virus is allowed to spread in other parts of the world, public health and economic recovery in the UK will continue to be under threat.”

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To arrange an interview with Anna Marriott, please contact Sarah Grainger on sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk / 07810 181514

Oxfam is a member of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of global and national organisations and activists united under a common aim of campaigning for a ‘People’s Vaccine’. The call for a People’s Vaccine is backed by past and present world leaders, health experts, faith leaders and economists. For more information visit: https://peoplesvaccine.org