Moderna to distribute 6 million COVID-19 vaccines as early as Friday after emergency FDA approval

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U.S. officials said on Monday they plan to ship just under 6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine once it receives emergency use clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. .
CNBC reports that McKesson, a medical supply company, will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine for packaging and distribution to 3,285 sites, according to Gen. Gustave Perna, logistics manager for Operation Warp Speed, the COVID-19 vaccination program. of the White House. Perna said UPS and FedEx were tasked with getting the vaccine doses to their final locations.

CNBC reports that the vaccine could be approved as early as Friday, a week after Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine was granted emergency use authorization. Similar to Pfizer, Moderna’s vaccine is given in two doses four weeks apart.

“The difference in quantities was what was available when we planned the initial delivery,” said Perna. “From the 15th [of] November, I broke the chalk line on what was available for Pfizer so the States could do the planning. … We wanted them to have enough time to do the planning and realize where they wanted to go first.

Head of Operation Warp Speed, Dr Moncef Slaoui, said Monday that 20 million Americans are expected to be vaccinated by the end of the year. 100 million doses should be injected by the end of February 2021.

As CNBC notes, the US government is currently planning to withhold doses to make sure people get the second dose they need. Slaoui said the government could stop withholding January or February doses once it sees “things are going perfectly fine.”

Perna said: “As our process matures, both in manufacturing and distribution, as I said before, the safety stock will decrease dramatically. Our goal, the advice I gave, is that the vaccine on the shelf is not effective. We have two very effective vaccines and we want to pass them on to the American people. “



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