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Moderna to Build mRNA Manufacturing and Research Center in UK

  • Factory to give UK access to shots for Covid, other diseases
  • The first UK mRNA vaccine is expected to be produced in 2025
A healthcare worker prepares the Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in Tokyo.

A healthcare worker prepares the Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in Tokyo.

Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg

Moderna Inc. plans to build a research and manufacturing center in the UK in a partnership with the government aimed at providing the country with messenger RNA vaccines against future health threats.

The agreement will ensure National Health Service patients gain access to mRNA vaccines targeting a range of diseases, including potential shots that can protect against multiple Covid variants, the government said in a statement. The UK, which expects the first mRNA vaccine to be produced in 2025, declined to disclose the size of the investment or the location of the center.