Less than one week after approving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA has approved the Moderna vaccine.
With the death toll climbing over 300,000 people in the United States two weeks before the end of the year, this second vaccine approval could not come at a better time. The distribution of 5.9 million doses of the Moderna vaccine across the country begins this weekend. It can be distributed more widely because it can be stored at normal freezer temperatures, unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which requires specialty freezers. It also comes in small batches, making it easier for hospitals to distribute quickly.
Moderna plans to send out 20 million doses by the end of this month, and another 80 million doses at the beginning of 2021.
Currently, vaccines are in short supply and initial doses are going to frontline healthcare workers and those that are high-risk, including nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Find out when you might get the vaccine.