Following on from the news that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been deemed safe and effective by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen has said they're working fast to process approval for use.
Leo Varadkar took to Twitter hailing the news of the impending Moderna approval and confirming that, once approved for use in the EU, it will allow 10,000 more vaccines will be administered in Ireland per week.
Good news. Once delivered, it should allow us to increase the number of people we vaccinate by an extra c.10k per week https://t.co/PaCOY9yile
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) January 6, 2021
Ireland will have access to 880,000 of the Moderna vaccination doses thanks to a pre-purchase agreement in place.
Similar to the Pfizer/ BioNTech jab, the Moderna option requires each person to receive two doses for full protection against the coronavirus.
The EMA made the announcement today saying that after assessing all of the data on quality, safety, and efficacy, they have now recommended the Moderna vaccine for conditional marketing authorisation by the European Commission.
A statement from the EMA said that the approval of this vaccine "will assure EU citizens that the vaccine meets EU standards and puts in place the safeguards, controls, and obligations to underpin EU-wide vaccination campaigns."
Emer Cooke, Executive Director of EMA said:
"This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency.
"It is a testament to the efforts and commitment of all involved that we have this second positive vaccine recommendation just short of a year since the pandemic was declared by WHO.
"As for all medicines, we will closely monitor data on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to ensure ongoing protection of the EU public. Our work will always be guided by scientific evidence and our commitment to safeguard the health of EU citizens."
Earlier today, von der Leyen took to Twitter to confirm the news saying; "Good news for our efforts to bring more COVID-19 vaccines to Europeans!
Good news for our efforts to bring more #COVID19 vaccines to Europeans!
@EMA_News assessed that the @moderna_tx vaccine is safe & effective.
Now we are working at full speed to approve it & make it available in the EU.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 6, 2021
"The EMA assessed that the Moderna vaccine is safe & effective.
"Now we are working at full speed to approve it & make it available in the EU."
Delivery of the vaccine will be fast-tracked once the EU receives formal approval for use, with the first Moderna vaccination likely to be administered in Ireland over the coming weeks.