Moderna coronavirus vaccine approved in US
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday, December 18, registered the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from the American company Moderna under an accelerated emergency procedure. This is reported on the FDA website.
“Today the FDA has issued emergency authorization for the second vaccine against COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2. The Emergency Use Authorization allows the vaccine to be used in the United States to vaccinate people 18 years of age or older, ”it said.
Earlier in the day, US Vice President Mike Pence said that permission for the emergency use of the Moderna vaccine could be obtained within a few hours, then the citizens of the country would have two “safe and effective” vaccines for the coronavirus.
He noted that next week, authorities are ready to distribute 5.9 million doses of Moderna’s drug across the country after approval is obtained.
Earlier on Friday, it became known that the American biotechnology company Moderna destroyed about 400 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine due to problems in the final stages of the drug’s production. As explained by immunologist Moncef Sloughi, the problems that appeared in the last stages of production were associated with “filtration”.
According to company spokesman Ray Jordan, Moderna will still be able to produce the planned 20 million doses this month and 85 million to 100 million doses for the United States in the first quarter of 2021.
On the same day, the US government granted immunity from liability for side effects from the vaccine in volunteers to the American companies Pfizer and Moderna.
At the same time, since the beginning of the drug trials, there have been reports of side effects from American vaccines more than once. For example, a video is being circulated on social networks in which a US nurse faints immediately after the vaccine is administered.
The start of large-scale vaccination in the United States was announced on December 14.