Welcoming the news, Jamie Greene, MSP, whose area includes North Ayrshire, said: "I am delighted that the Moderna vaccine has been approved for use and it will be another weapon in our fight against this terrible virus".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the federal government has reached an agreement to purchase another 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of vaccine doses scheduled to arrive this year to 80 million.
"I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared- when it's available- to take the vaccine", Mr Biden said before receiving the vaccine.More news: Ontario announces state of emergency, issues stay-at-home order
Two separate groups - the Doctors of B.C. and the BC Nurses Union have been calling on the province to reverse its decision to delay the second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing the move is unscientific, unsafe and unethical.
The Brandenburg Health Ministry told the dpa news agency that it was also holding off using its first 2,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the same concerns.
Just how long protection will last after one dose, or even two, is still unknown.More news: Fikayo Tomori on Milan's wanted list after Chelsea open door to loan
Bancel added that the company is making more APAs for this and next year.
Unlike conventional vaccines, which are produced by growing weakened forms of a virus in chicken eggs or certain mammalian cells in a lab, RNA vaccines only require the pathogen's genetic code; they do not use an active or dormant virus. "Switzerland has played a critical role in Moderna's history since our early days and it means a lot to us that we can now provide a highly effective vaccine to help protect the citizens of Switzerland".More news: Lenovo Introduces Think Reality A3 Smart Glass, 5 Virtual Displays, Learning Report