Britain secures five million doses of Moderna's COVID vaccine - health minister

FILE PHOTO: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the House of Commons Chamber, in London
FILE PHOTO: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the House of Commons Chamber, in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has secured 5 million doses of Moderna's <MRNA.O> experimental COVID-19 vaccine after interim data indicated it was 94.5% effective, health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday.

"We have today secured an initial agreement for 5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine," Hancock said at a news conference.

(Reporting by William James, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)