WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use as global crisis escalates

The WHO has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Picture: Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images
The World Health Organisation has added the Moderna (mRNA) jab to the growing list of approved emergency-use vaccines as the world struggles with a global supply issue.

The Moderna jab joins Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson on the organisation’s emergency use list.

The developing crisis in India, which has seen the subcontinent nation log 10 consecutive days of over 300,000 new cases, has created extra demand for vaccinations, forcing the international health experts to act.

A number of countries without their own advanced medical regulatory infrastructure rely solely on advice from the WHO to discern the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

“The objective is to make medicines, vaccines and diagnostics available as rapidly as possible to address the emergency,” the WHO said in a statement, claiming the Moderna jab has an efficacy of approximately 92 per cent in protecting against COVID-19.

The WHO reports the vaccine is most effective 14 days after the first jab.

The development came after WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) recommended the Moderna vaccine for all adults in January. Moderna, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced it would be bolstering its production network to produce up to 3 billion doses in 2022.

Chief executive St├ęphane Bancel said the pharmaceutical company was “actively participating in discussions with multilateral organisations, such as Covax, to help protect populations around the world”.

Unfortunately, developing countries may still have to wait a while for the Moderna vaccine despite the WHO’s emergency approval. The Guardian reported the company is tied up after striking supply agreements with “many rich countries, which will have already received millions of doses”.

The WHO is expected to make more decisions on emergency vaccines in the coming weeks, conducting reviews on COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm and Sinovac.

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