U.S. President Donald Trump announced that U.S. authorities will immediately begin distribution of an approved coronavirus vaccine produced by the American company Moderna.
This was announced by CNBC.
Details: At the same time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in comments to CNBC that it has not yet sanctioned the Moderna vaccine.
Trump may have been referring to Thursday’s vote by the FDA Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products, which voted 20-0 to approve Moderna vaccine for emergency use, with one member abstaining,
The advisory committee plays a key role in approving the flu vaccine and other vaccines in the U.S., testing the safety of vaccines for public use. Although the FDA is not required to follow the advisory committee’s recommendations, it often does.
The FDA is expected to approve the Moderna vaccine as early as Friday.
Recall: The U.S. leads the world in the number of infections and deaths from COVID-19. According to Johns Hopkins University, since the pandemic began, the U.S. has identified 172,150 45 infected people, recorded 310,801 deaths, and cured more than 6 million people.
Vaccination with the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine has already begun in the U.S.