The first doses of the Moderna vaccine will be distributed in the country on Monday by Oss’s Movianto. Early in the morning, the first transportation with the vaccines was going to the distribution sites. From there they were split between injection sites, a RIVM spokeswoman explains.
On Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency approved a vaccine from the US company Moderna. After the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine, it is the second vaccine approved in the European Union for use against the Coronavirus.
The Netherlands has ordered more than 6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, with 400,000 doses expected to be delivered the first this quarter, Public Health Minister Hugo de Jong announced on Wednesday. as it is “.
One of the advantages of the Moderna vaccine over its Pfizer / BioNTech competitor is that it does not need to be stored at extremely low temperatures. It can be kept for 30 days in a regular refrigerator.
De Jonge basically wants to use Moderna vaccine in nursing homes
Minister de Jong has previously said that the Netherlands wants to use Moderna vaccine in the elderly and residents of nursing homes and institutions for persons with intellectual disabilities. The minister said, “The general practitioner will play a big role in this.”
The Health Board may already issue urgent advice on Monday about the most suitable combinations for Moderna vaccine. “On this basis, it is determined which group is the first to be considered for this vaccine.” De Jonge also announced early next week when to start vaccinating with Moderna.