The UK’s independent health regulator have approved the third coronavirus vaccine for use and the government has purchased 10m doses.
The additional 10m doses of the Moderna vaccine on top of its previous order of 7m, bringing the the total to 17m in the UK.
The Department for Health said that the doses will be available for the UK from the spring.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said of the decision by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), “This is further great news and another weapon in our arsenal to tame this awful disease.
“We have already vaccinated nearly 1.5m people across the UK and Moderna’s vaccine will allow us to accelerate our vaccination programme even further once doses become available from the spring.”
Hancock added, “While we immunise those most at risk from COVID, I urge everyone to continue following the rules to keep cases low to protect our loved ones.”