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FDA plans to OK second COVID-19 vaccine after panel endorsement

FDA plans to OK second COVID-19 vaccine after panel endorsement
The head of the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that his agency will move to quickly authorize the second COVID-19 vaccine to fight the pandemic, hours after the shot won the key endorsement of a government advisory panel.

Moderna’s vaccine uses the same groundbreaking technology as Pfizer-BioNTech’s shot.With the addition of Moderna’s vaccine, government officials project that 20 million Americans will be able to get their first shots by the end of December and 30 million more in January.The government’s Operation Warp Speed program has orders for 200 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine.Like the first vaccine, Moderna’s will remain experimental as the company continues a two-year study needed to answer key questions, including how long protection lasts.

FDA plans to OK second COVID-19 vaccine after panel endorsement Nicole Costa, pharmacy manager at Amita Health Presence Medical Center in Joliet prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to medical personnel on Dec.WASHINGTON — The head of the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that his agency will move to quickly authorize the second COVID-19 vaccine to fight the pandemic, hours after the shot won the key endorsement of a government advisory panel.

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