Moderna on Tuesday became the latest pharmaceutical company to apply to the FDA for full approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for use by people 18 years of age and older. FDA approval will allow the company to sell the vaccine directly to consumers and can also help increase public confidence in the vaccine.
“We look forward to working with the FDA and will continue to provide data from our Phase 3 study and complete continuous filing,” said Stefan Bansell, chief executive of Moderna, in a statement.
Last month Pfizer and BioNTech have approached the agency for full approval of the vaccine for use in people 16 years of age and older.
Vaccine Modern was allowed for emergency use over 151 million doses have been administered in the United States in December and as of Sunday, according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Moderna announced last week that her the vaccine was highly effective in adolescents and that it is planned to apply for an emergency use permit for adolescents in June. The Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in children from 12 to 15 years old last month.
Both Moderna as well as Pfizer Vaccines require two vaccinations several weeks apart, and they are built on messenger RNA, the genetic material that cells read to produce proteins that help generate antibodies to the virus.
Moderna’s full request for approval represents more than 50 percent of the US population received at least one dose of vaccine, but the rate of vaccination fell sharply since mid-April… Recent poll Kaiser Family Foundation showed signs that some indecisive people were persuaded: About a third of people who planned to “wait and see” if they would get vaccinated said they made an appointment or planned to do so.
“I think there are a lot of people who have been stranded who were worried about things moving too fast and possible side effects,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and an expert on vaccines. “But these fears disappear as they see more and more of their friends and acquaintances celebrating vaccinations.”
Ian Hoffman provided the reportage.