WHO Lists Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use

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WHO listed Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it had listed Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

WHO Moderna Emergency Use

In a report on GMA News Online, the listing procedure helped countries unable to assess a vaccine’s effectiveness themselves have access as quickly as possible and allowed the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme and other partners to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries.

Moderna was the fifth COVID-19 vaccine to earn WHO’s emergency use listing (EUL).

The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last December 18, 2020, and a marketing authorization valid throughout the European Union was granted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) last January 6, 2021.

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In a statement, the World Health Organization said that its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) had found the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to have an efficacy rate of 94.1%.

The other COVID-19 vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization were the following: Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Serum Institute of India, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

On Thursday, Moderna said that it expected to produce up to 3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2022 through its new funding commitments in order to boost supply at manufacturing sites in the United States and in Europe.

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