Moderna expects its COVID-19 vaccine to protect against UK coronavirus variant

(Reuters) -Moderna Inc said Wednesday it believes the immunity induced by its COVID-19 vaccine will protect against the coronavirus variants reported in the UK.
The company plans to run tests to confirm the vaccine's activity against each strain.
Moderna's comments came amid the UK government's plan to place huge parts of England under the strictest COVID-19 restrictions as a highly infectious variant of the virus grabs the country.
The company expects its vaccine, which recently received US emergency approval, will protect against the UK variant based on data so far.
"We have already tested sera from animals and humans vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine against a number of previous variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that have appeared since the first outbreak of the pandemic and found that our vaccine remains equally effective, "said Moderna. (
The US-based company announced it would conduct additional testing of the vaccine in the coming weeks to confirm its expectation.
(Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; editing by Maju Samuel)

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