Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine has been approved for immediate use, the World Health Organization said in a statement. In this context, Moderna was the vaccine that received final approval from WHO, while the first vaccine approved was the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine.
“Today, WHO has listed the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA 1273) for emergency use,” who said yesterday. Moderna is the fifth vaccine on the WHO list to receive emergency approval. WHO approval allows countries to speed up approvals by their regulatory bodies to import and administer Covid-19 vaccines.
The vaccine was reviewed by the WHO’s Strategic Vaccine Experts Group (SAGE), which makes recommendations for the use of vaccines in populations, and the SAGE recommended the vaccine for all age groups aged 18 and over in its ‘interim recommendations’ dated January 25, 2021.
Moderna was granted emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (CDC) on December 18, 2020, and on January 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted valid marketing permission throughout the European Union.