FDA authorizes Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for immediate use

The FDA approved Moderna's coronavirus vaccine one day after advisory panel voted to endorse it

Updated: December 19, 2020 - 10:17pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday granted emergency approval for Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine.  

This allows for widespread distribution of the second COVID-19 vaccine, following the earlier approval of the Pfizer and BioNTech candidate, which began distribution to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities earlier this week. 

The FDA approval of Moderna’s vaccine came one day after an FDA advisory panel voted 20-0 to endorse the product.