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Moderna says CDC panel recommends its COVID-19 vaccine for adults

The vote result came a day after the Food and Drug Administration's authorization for emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

By: Reuters | December 20, 2020 9:31:05 am
moderna covid vaccine, coronavirus vaccine, fda endorses moderna vaccine, pfizer vaccine, biontech vaccine, indian expressThe headquarters of the pharmaceutical firm Moderna in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 19, 2020. Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine has the advantage of being distributed more widely because it can be stored at normal freezer temperatures and, unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, does not require ultracold storage. (File photo: Cody O'Loughlin/The New York Times)

Moderna Inc said on Saturday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the use of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine on people 18 years of age and older.

The panel voted 11-0 in favor of the vaccine, the company said in a press release.

The vote result came a day after the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization for emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

“ACIP recommendation is another step forward in our quest to address this devastating pandemic with a vaccine,” Chief Executive Officer Stephane Bancel said in the release.

Moderna’s is the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive approval in the United States after a similar vaccine from Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE got the green light for emergency use.

US distribution of Moderna’s vaccine began on Saturday, with more than 3,700 sites due to start receiving and administering shots as soon as Monday.

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