FDA Advisory Panel Endorses Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA will likely issue an emergency use authorization for a second COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow.


After a day spent analyzing the safety and efficacy data for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) was asked: Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks for use in individuals 18 years of age and older? The panel voted 20 in favor, with 1 abstention.

Now that the VRBPAC has voted in favor, the question goes tomorrow to regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who will decide whether to issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the vaccine. Considering that the FDA issued an EUA for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the day after the VRBPAC voted in favor of that vaccine last week, there is little doubt that the Moderna vaccine will also be granted authorization. Assuming that there are no delivery snafus, the company says that it can make available 20 million doses of its vaccine before the end of the year.

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  2. Trump says a little Droxy is all anyone needs to cure COVID.

    1. CDC said worse. Your point?

    2. He never said cure dummy.

  3. Great news. Looking forward to getting vaccinated and getting this year behind me.

    1. Amen.

      1. I don’t believe in the ridiculous concept of god, but I think it’s fitting to say Science bless this vaccine and all who take it.

        1. You don’t like Amen but you used the word bless?

    2. Aye. Me too.

    3. Let us know what happens.

      1. Chicken littles are seemingly delighted. The rest of us will treat this as the low risk item it is.

    4. Yup. Same here.

  4. Yay! Permission from daddy government!

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    Have not found an article yet that goes into detail about the differences in the targeting of the mRNA in each. Sounds like the details may be proprietary.

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  10. My question: What are the production issues that PFZ and Moderna are running into? They promised 100MM doses, and they are both woefully short. It would be great to see an article discussing production challenges.

    Next, is there a libertarian argument to be made for allowing people to jump to the front of the line….if they have the money to do so?

    1. That wasn’t expected to happen instantaneously.

  11. Wife was doing administrative assistance at local hospital vaccination last night. She recieved vaccination as they had some extra at the end. Will get second sot in 21 days. One person who was vaccinated did suffer a reaction and taken away by ambulance.

    1. They’re going to have to be prepared to treat allergic reactions. They’re apparently not common and show up in a few minutes, so you just have to wait to make sure the person isn’t going to have one.

      1. There is not going to be an home version. The application will have to be at a location prepared for this.

  12. I am glad that there is a vaccine, but it is going to have an unfortunate result. On the next virus, the government will say “Look let’s just lockdown for another 8 months for a vaccine!”

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