Right now the Covid-19 Valneva vaccine, which I understand was not produced or tested using foetal material from an aborted baby, is not available in the UK.
For some reason the UK government cancelled its order of this vaccine earlier this year.
This article reveals, I believe, the wonderful workings of God’s providence in this matter, with the possibility of an ethical vaccine becoming available to those who desire such.
Drugmaker Valneva woos NHS staff with Scottish Covid vaccine
Valneva claims its shot may tempt workers who are wary of vaccines
December 25 2021, 6.00pm
David Lawrence, finance director of French vaccine producer Valneva, said that the firm would make its jab available to frontline workers ahead of an April deadline for all NHS employees to be vaccinated. “We believe, because we get messages every day, that there are people who would take a Covid vaccine when one like ours is available,” Lawrence said.
The Valneva jab, which uses an inactivated Covid virus, is based on traditional technology used in vaccines such as measles, and yellow fever. In Germany, a poll found that vaccine willingness would rise if vaccines were based on so-called “classical methods”.
In November, the Department of Health and Social Care found that as many as 126,000 unvaccinated NHS staff could lose their job when the rule comes into force on April 1.
The UK ordered 100 million doses of the Valneva vaccine in 2020. However, after rolling out jabs by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, it scrapped the Valneva order in September.
Shares in the company, which is listed on Nasdaq and in Paris, tumbled more than 45 per cent after the decision, and were hurt further when Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said in the Commons that the jab would not win approval from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency. Javid, who had been in the post for less than three months when he made the comments, later corrected his statements in Hansard. In a blistering criticism of the health secretary this weekend, Lawrence said Valneva had lost at least two potential orders following Javid’s statement.
“Clearly he was out of order,” said Lawrence. “The MHRA is independent. How he could say that we would never get approval was absolutely gobsmacking.”
The biggest impact of Javid’s statement was “every single customer” Valneva was talking to breaking off discussions, saying “there must be something wrong with the vaccine”, said Lawrence. “We lost a bunch of time, one or two customers went elsewhere — we’ve never had an apology.”
Valneva was “gobsmacked” when Sajid Javid said the vaccine would not be approved
Last week Valneva said it was in discussions with the Scottish government for an investment to protect its Livingston site. Valneva said it would make 25,000 doses available free to Scottish NHS workers who had not yet been vaccinated, provided the jab is approved.
Hannah Bardell, the SNP MP for Livingston, said: “I can only hope the UK government will see the faith that we in Scotland have in Valneva.”
Since the government cancelled its order, Valneva has gone on to win contracts with the European Union. It is also pushing on with its application for approval by the MHRA and the body’s European equivalent, the EMA.