Stars and Stripes stripes.com 19 Dec, 2020 05:00 am

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, second shot in arsenal

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, second shot in arsenal
The move marks the world’s first authorization for Moderna’s shots. The vaccine is very similar to one from Pfizer Inc. and Germany’s BioNTech that’s now being dispensed to millions.

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, second shot in arsenal 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.FDA’s decision could help pave the way for other countries that are considering the Moderna vaccine, the first-ever regulatory clearance for the small Cambridge, Massachusetts, company.Both the new Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech shot require two doses several weeks apart.In a study of 30,000 volunteers, the Moderna vaccine was more than 94% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in people 18 and older.

To try to help instill confidence, Vice President Mike Pence received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot on live TV Friday, along with Surgeon General Jerome Adams.Britain, Canada and a few other countries already have cleared the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, with a European Union decision due Monday.

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