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Moderna seeks COVID-19 vaccine authorization for teenagers

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Moderna introduced on Thursday that it had requested the FDA grant emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents. Presently, the two-dose vaccine is permitted to be used within the U.S. for these 18 years and older. 

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve got submitted for an emergency use authorization for our COVID-19 vaccine with the FDA to be used in adolescents in america,” Stéphane Bancel, Chief Govt Officer of Moderna, mentioned in an announcement. “We’re inspired that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was extremely efficient at stopping COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 an infection in adolescents. We’ve got already filed for authorization with Well being Canada and the European Medicines Company and we are going to file with regulatory companies world wide for this essential youthful age inhabitants. We stay dedicated to serving to to finish the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The request follows promising information from a Part 2 /Three TeenCOVE research involving 3,732 teenagers ages 12 to 18 that discovered the vaccine produced immune responses much like these noticed in adults. Moreover, Moderna mentioned that no circumstances of COVID-19 had been noticed in contributors who had obtained two doses of the jab. 

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If authorization is granted, it might mark the second COVID-19 vaccine made obtainable to youthful teenagers. Pfizer-BioNTech obtained expanded authorization to be used in adolescents ages 12 and older in Might. 

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Earlier this month, Moderna had introduced that it had begun the method of searching for full FDA approval for its vaccine in adults ages 18 and older. 

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