(RepublicanDaily.org) – The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled both our economy and our public health systems for close to a year now. Never before in living memory have the American people had to overcome such collective difficulty. Now, with the emergence of several viable vaccines, it looks like we might finally be ready to start planning our route of this crisis.
The Moderna Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine over a week ago, allowing the first Americans to receive inoculation against the virus. On Thursday, December 17, Moderna’s vaccine candidate received approval from an FDA advisory panel. While this does not constitute authorization for distribution, it’s an important first step. Analysts believe the medicine could begin making its way to patients this weekend.
President Donald Trump wasted no time in celebrating this news via Twitter. The president has been an enthusiastic advocate of the work of pharmaceutical companies throughout the pandemic. Throughout the year, he repeatedly stated his belief that a vaccine would arrive before the end of 2020, despite the vocal disagreement of many skeptics.
Moderna vaccine overwhelmingly approved. Distribution to start immediately.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020
Where We Go from Here
Like the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, there will be a strict triage protocol in place when it comes to the distribution of Moderna’s inoculation. The FDA report states that the first doses will go to people living in nursing homes and frontline healthcare workers. Once formal authorization comes through, close to 6 million doses of the vaccine will be shipped across the country.
Unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which is approved for those aged 16 and over, the Moderna vaccine will only be suitable for those over age 18.
Thanks to the tireless work of scientists over the last nine months, we finally have vaccines with the potential to return us to normal life. We owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone involved in the production of these treatments.
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