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Valneva’s COVID-19 vaccine approved in the UK for the first time

Valneva office in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Valneva)

This is the type COVID-19 vaccine Friday is authorized by the MHRA.

The UK’s independent Medicines Regulatory Authority was the first in the world to approve Valneva’s COVID-19 vaccine product, the MHRA said in a statement.

MHRA CEO Dr. June Raine said: “We have vaccine approval COVID-19 is manufactured by Valneva after rigorous review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of this vaccine and expert advice from the Government’s independent scientific advisory body, the Committee on Medicines. for people”.

The COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Valneva, the French pharmaceutical company, which has a plant in Livingston near Edinburgh, is a full-virus inactivated vaccine that has received regulatory approval for the first time in the UK.

Valneva's COVID-19 vaccine was first approved in the UK - Photo 1.

This is the sixth COVID-19 vaccine approved by the MHRA. (Photo: Sky News)

With this vaccine, the virus is grown in a laboratory and then completely inactive so that it cannot infect cells or replicate in the body, but can still trigger an immune response to the SARS-CoV virus. -2.

This vaccine manufacturing process has been widely used in the production of influenza and polio vaccines, the MHRA said.

Official data released on April 8 shows that the recent increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the UK has leveled off and may start to decline.

According to figures from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 4,883,100 people in the UK infected with COVID-19 in the week to April 2, a decrease of 0.5% from the previous week.

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