Moderna Vaccine Safe And Effective, Say US Experts

The vaccine from Moderna is secure and 94% reliable, regulators state, clearing the way for US emergency authorisation.

The research by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that it could become the second coronavirus vaccine to be approved in the United States, reports the BBC.

It comes one day after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine began collecting jabs from Americans around the country.

The news comes as the US coronavirus death toll passes 300,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Endorsement of the Moderna vaccine by FDA scientists was announced on Tuesday, two days before the vaccine panel meets to discuss emergency approval.

What were their findings?

The 54-page document claimed that no specific safety concerns" had been reported and that severe adverse reactions were unusual.

Shipments could begin within 24 hours if approved by the expert team later this week and by the FDA vaccine leader.

According to the paper they released, the FDA found a 94.1 percent effectiveness rate out of a study of 30,000 individuals.

The most common side effects included fever, headaches, and muscle and joint pain.

Last week, the FDA released similar data from Pfizer before voting to issue approval.

Moderna was founded in 2010 and so far has never had a product approved by the FDA.

The company's stocks have seen a nearly 700% increase so far this year.

How does it differ from the Pfizer jab?

The Moderna vaccine requires temperatures of around -20C for shipping - similar to a regular freezer.

The Pfizer jab requires temperatures closer to -75C, making transport logistics much more difficult.

Like the Pfizer jab, the Moderna vaccine also requires a second booster shot. Moderna's second jab comes 28 days after the first.

The company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has said that if approved, the "vast majority" of its vaccine would be manufactured there.

Pfizer's drug is being manufactured in several countries, including Germany and Belgium.

Which other countries have ordered the Moderna vaccine?

The US has agreed to purchase 200m doses of the jab, and 6m could be ready to ship as soon as the vaccine gets FDA approval.

In Canada, the government plans to get two million Moderna doses by March - part of a total 56m doses. On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 168,000 doses should be available before the end of the month.

The UK has already pre-ordered 7m doses of the Moderna jab.

Last month, the European Union announced a deal for the procurement of 80 million doses - with up to 80 million more - once the vaccine is considered safe and reliable.

According to data gathered by the Duke University Global Health Innovation Center, Japan signed up for 50m modern doses, South Korea for 20m, and Switzerland ordered 7.5m.

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