Moderna seeks emergency FDA approval to vaccinate 12- to 17-year-olds

An injection at a mass vaccination site at a Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas, in March.

Teen Moderna may be very close to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Applying for Moderna emergency authority from the US Food and Drug Administration for the use of its vaccine for adolescents 12 to 17 years old, the company said in a statement Thursday.

“We are encouraged that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 infection in adolescents,” Moderna CEO Stephen Bansell said in the statement.

The application follows news from Moderna at the end of May that the vaccine is effective in adolescents. vaccine manufacturer Pfizer gets final approval For its vaccine for those aged 12 to 15 years in mid-May.

The Biden administration said on Wednesday it would donate 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine The following year in the world’s lowest income countries.

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