FDA Authorizes Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use Across the US

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  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a vaccine developed by Moderna. The vaccine is the second to receive emergency use authorization in the US
  • Millions of doses of the vaccine are expected to be distributed to health workers and long-term care residents from this week
  • Moderna's vaccine was found to be 94 percent effective at preventing COVID-19, and is authorized for use in adults 18 and older
  • The authorization comes after an FDA advisory panel of independent experts endorsed it for use
  • The vaccine uses mesenger RNA technology to generate spike proteins coating the surface of the coronavirus when administered into the body
  • Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the federal government will coordinate its distribution, using funds from the Operation Warp Speed