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Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes 2nd To Earn FDA Authorization


December 21, 2020

Federal regulators have granted an emergency use authorization to the vaccine developed by Moderna, whose Cambridge, Mass., headquarters are seen here. Elise Amendola/AP

Health care workers across the U.S. are getting a new arrow in their quiver.

On Friday, just one week after Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine received a federal green light, the Food and Drug Administration formally authorized a second vaccine for emergency use - this one developed by Moderna. The biotech upstart won authorization for use in adults following extensive federal analysis of the vaccine, which the FDA found to be 94% effective at preventing the disease.

"With the availability of two vaccines now for the prevention of COVID-19, the FDA has taken another crucial step in the fight against this global pandemic that is causing vast numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States each day," said a statement by FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn.


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