British Prime Minister Johnson: Disappointing that Valneva COVID-19 injection did not get approval

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he was disappointed that Valneva’s COVID-19 vaccine had not received approval in Britain, two months after the government canceled a supply agreement for the injection.

In September, Health Minister Sajid Javid said it was clear that Valneva’s shot in Britain would not receive approval. His statement was later corrected to say the shot had not been approved and may not get it. read more

“I was personally very disappointed when we couldn’t get approval for the Valneva vaccine in the way we had hoped,” Johnson told lawmakers after being asked in parliament about the vaccine.

“What we are doing is massively investing in this country’s vaccine capacity across the country so that we are prepared for the next pandemic and I very much hope Valneva will be a part of that.”

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Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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