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FDA Panel Recommends Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine, the Second To Receive Such Approval in the U.S.

December 18, 2020

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The U.S. now has two COVID-19 vaccines that are safe and effective enough for the public.

On Dec. 18, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna, a biotech company based in Massachusetts.

The decision followed an overwhelming 20 to zero vote, with one abstention, in favor or authorizing the vaccine by an FDA vaccine advisory committee on Dec. 17.

“This evening the FDA granted the second emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the FDA, said during a media briefing announcing the decision.

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