The mRNA vaccine from the US producer joins vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson in receiving the WHO’s emergency use itemizing.

PTI | , Geneva

PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 06:00 PM IST

The World Health Organisation has given the go-ahead for emergency use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The mRNA vaccine from the US producer joins vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson in receiving the WHO’s emergency use itemizing.

Similar approvals for China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are anticipated within the coming days and weeks, WHO has mentioned.

The greenlight for Moderna’s vaccine, introduced late Friday, took many months due to delays that WHO confronted in getting knowledge from the producer.

Many international locations with out their very own superior medical regulatory and evaluation workplaces depend on the WHO itemizing to determine whether or not to make use of vaccines. UN kids’s company UNICEF additionally makes use of the itemizing to deploy vaccines in an emergency just like the pandemic.

The announcement, nonetheless, wasn’t more likely to have a direct influence on provides of Moderna’s vaccine for the creating world. The firm struck provide agreements with many wealthy international locations, which could have already obtained tens of millions of doses.

In an announcement Friday, CEO Stephane Bancel mentioned Moderna was “actively participating in discussions with multilateral organisations, such as COVAX, to help protect populations around the world.”

He was referring to a UN-backed programme to ship Covid-19 vaccines to many low- and middle-income international locations, based mostly on want.

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