After Pfizer, European Union Authorises Moderna Covid Vaccine

After Pfizer, European Union Authorises Moderna Covid Vaccine

"It is a proven vaccine - so the whole procedure of authorization is done".

The move would allow European Union governments to double their orders from Pfizer to 600 million doses, commission president Ursula von der Leyen said, as the 27-nation bloc races to ramp up the vaccination of its 450 million people. That is a fraction of the 20 million who were supposed to have been vaccinated by the end of 2020, according to earlier government forecasts. One user offered supposed Moderna Inc vaccines for $180, and claimed the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE could be had for $150 and AstraZeneca's for $110 per vial.

Von der Leyen said 75 million of the extra shots would be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, 235 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide with 63 of them in clinical trials in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on January 6.

"Patients should never try to secure a vaccine online - no legitimate vaccine is sold online - and only get vaccinated at certified vaccination centers or by certified healthcare providers", a Pfizer spokesman said in a statement.

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The most common side effects are "pain and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, chills, fever, swollen or tender lymph nodes under the arm, headache, muscle and joint pain, nausea and vomiting", the EMA said.

At least one person dressed in paramilitary attire was pictured brandishing zip ties of the sort used as restraints.

Actual COVID-19 vaccines, particularly the Pfizer/BioNTech offering, must be temperature controlled to remain effective, with drugmakers equipping shipments with temperature trackers to ensure the cold chain. Israel authorized the vaccine on Monday.

The European Commission on Friday proposed to its members to purchase 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech with an option of another 100 million more. Authorities started vaccinations on December 19 using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The company said it is "continuing to invest and add staff to build up to potentially 1 billion doses for 2021".

"The Moderna vaccine will be a vital boost to these efforts and will help us return to normal faster".

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