COVID19: Use of Moderna vaccine approved in US

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COVID19: Use of Moderna vaccine approved in US

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The US Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has approved the use of the moderna vaccine to battle the coronavirus.

The report comes after the FDA said it informed Moderna that it would rapidly work towards the finalization and issuance of emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, according to commissioner Stephen Hahn.

On Thursday, a panel of external advisers to the FDA overwhelmingly endorsed the emergency use of Moderna vaccine candidates, virtually assuring a second option for protecting against Covid-19 for a pandemic-ravaged nation.

Covid-19 surge pushes US hospitals to brink

Meanwhile, an unrelenting coronavirus surge has pushed besieged hospitals further to the brink as the United States pressed on with its immunization rollout on Thursday.

Covid-19 hospitalizations rose to record heights for a 19th straight day, with nearly 113,000 coronavirus patients counted in US medical facilities nationwide on Wednesday, while 3,580 more perished, the most yet in a single day.

The virus has claimed almost 308,000 lives in the United States to date, and health experts have warned of a deepening crisis this winter as intensive care units (ICUs) filled up and hospital beds overflowed into hallways.

“We expect to have more dead bodies than we have spaces for them,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a briefing on Thursday, adding that the country’s second-largest city had fully exhausted its ICU capacity.

COVID19: Use of Moderna vaccine approved in US

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