Details of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
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Moderna said on Monday that it has received “positive feedback” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating that it proposes to increase the dose of Covid-1
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a vial of Moderna’s two-dose vaccine contains 10 doses, enough to vaccinate 5 people. CNBC reported last month that Moderna has asked the FDA to approve the addition of up to five doses to its Covid-19 vaccine vials to ease manufacturing bottlenecks.
In a prepared testimony before the House hearing on Tuesday, Moderna President Stephen Hogg said that the US agency has given the company “positive feedback on our proposal, and we are implementing a plan. May allow 15 doses from each medicine bottle. .”
Hogg said to the Housing Energy and Commerce Commission’s Monitoring and Investigation Subcommittee: “This will allow us to produce and deliver more doses faster. We will continue to work with manufacturing partners and the federal government to improve the efficiency of the production process, and No need to compromise quality or safety.”
After the introduction of vaccines under the leadership of former President Donald Trump was slower than expected, US President Joe Biden tried to speed up the pace of vaccination in the United States, and states complained that they did not have enough vaccinations .
Biden announced on February 11 that his government had reached a deal with Pfizer and Moderna for another 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of doses in the United States to 600 million doses. Since both licensed vaccines require two doses, about three to four weeks apart, a total of 600 million doses is enough to vaccinate 300 million people. The Biden administration hopes that all these tasks will be completed by the end of July.
It is not clear whether the dose per vial has increased, which is why Moderna now expects to provide 300 million doses by the end of July.
The FDA said in December that healthcare workers can use the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in vials. These medicine bottles are said to contain five doses, but some providers can extract six or even seventh doses. Like Pfizer, some providers have also been able to use special syringes to draw additional doses of Moderna vaccine.