Moderna vaccine approved for emergency use in PH

FDA has granted emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by American pharmaceutical company Moderna. | @PDMChiuINQ

5/6/2021 2:00:00 AM

FDA has granted emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by American pharmaceutical company Moderna. | PDMChiuINQ

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by American pharmaceutical company Moderna. The FDA on Wednesday said it had approved Moderna’s application for an EUA, making it the seventh vaccine brand that can be used in line with the government’s pandemic response. ADVERTISEMENT “After a […]

The side effects reported during the clinical trials of the Moderna vaccine were mostly mild and temporary and similar to common reactions expected after vaccination, he said.Moderna is administered in two doses 28 days apart and can be used on people aged 18 and above.

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94% efficacyThe vaccine’s multiple-dose vials are stored frozen between -50 degrees and -15 degrees Celsius, or they can be refrigerated between 2 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius for up to 30 days prior to first use.Its common reported side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and chills.

Early clinical trials showed it had up to 94.1 percent efficacy against symptomatic Covid-19 cases, two weeks after the second dose.On March 18, the government and a private sector group headed by ports and gaming tycoon Enrique Razon signed a tripartite agreement for the purchase 20 million doses of the Moderna vaccine. headtopics.com

Deliveries would begin in mid-2021, Moderna said in a statement. The Philippine ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel Romualdez, also said a batch of 200,000 doses would likely be delivered in June.ADVERTISEMENTUnder the tripartite agreement, the government will receive 13 million doses out of the total volume procured, while the private sector will get the remaining seven million to be used by individual companies on their essential front-line employees.

Moderna is one of three vaccines currently in use in the United States, the other two being the jabs developed by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals.Like the authorization earlier granted by the Philippine FDA to the other vaccines, Moderna’s EUA is valid only for the duration of the government-declared public health emergency or upon the FDA’s issuance of a certificate of product registration. It is, however, not a permit to market or distribute the vaccines commercially.

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