The MHRA has formally given its approval to the Covid-19 vaccine.
The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, tweeted that the NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.
The vaccine maker, which used the mRNA technology for developing what is deemed as the fastest so far spanning just 10 months, had said that it will have manufactured enough doses to vaccinate close to 15 million to 20 million people by the end of the year.
The revolutionary mRNA technology
The messenger RNA technology has come as a boon to get much needed relief to the world in the form of an accelerated vaccine to protect against the deadly Covid-19 that has killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide.
Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines use the revolutionary mRNA technology in their vaccines. The mRNA vaccine triggers response from body’s cells to make a spike protein, which is found on the surface ofcoronavirus. This then trains body’s immune system to recognise the virus and kill it by summoning body’s defences using antibodies and T-cells.
If a person actually encounters the coronavirus, the body recognises it and triggers antibodies to destroy the virus.
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