UK orders 40Million more doses of the made-in-Scotland Valneva Covid jab
The UK government has put in yet another order for the French Valneva Covid vaccine which will be manufactured in Scotland. They had previously ordered 100million doses of the jab, which is still in the clinical trial stage and won’t be ready for production for several months yet. The French firm is confident, however, and they began making the vaccine in Livingston, Scotland, last week.
Between all of the different vaccines, the UK will rack up a whopping 407million doses, enough to immunise everyone in the country six times over. The reason for placing such a big order of the new jab is twofold: although most people will likely already be vaccinated by the time Valneva comes to market, experts have warned that re-vaccination might be necessary, so it makes sense to have a stockpile. In addition, given the rate that the UK is ploughing through the vaccine rollout, they may look to export the excess to different countries that are running short.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, said: ‘This latest deal is yet another weapon in our national arsenal against this terrible disease, and will ensure we have sufficient supplies to protect the British public in 2021 and beyond.
‘Backed with major investment from the UK Government, Valneva’s site in Scotland will be a vaccine production powerhouse, working flat out to ensure we can quickly deploy jabs across the UK if their candidate is approved, while supporting top quality, local jobs.
‘Thanks to our incredible UK Vaccine Taskforce, we have now secured a bumper portfolio of over 400 million vaccines, putting our country in an exceptionally strong position to defeat this virus once and for all.’
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