Summary List PlacementThe US Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency use authorization for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, just about a week after it gave the same authorization for a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. 
The Moderna vaccine was designed in just two days in January 2020 using messenger RNA (mRNA) technology. In clinical trials, the vaccine was found to be approximately 94.5% effective in protecting people against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 
The vaccine comes at a time when the US is dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases. The disease has led to more than 316,000 deaths so far in the US this year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, it’s killed more than 1.6 million people.
While the vaccine will not bring an end to the ongoing surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends it first be distributed among healthcare workers and among people living in long-term care facilities.
On Sunday, Vivek Murthy, who President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate as US surgeon general, said the current timeline for coronavirus vaccine distribution was optimistic, adding vaccines may not widely be available until “mid-summer” or “early fall” 2021.EXCLUSIVE: Jared Kushner helped create a Trump campaign shell company that secretly paid the president’s family members and spent $617 million in reelection cash, a source tells Insider
Workers at a distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi, prepared the shipment of the Moderna vaccine supply Sunday.

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna’s vaccine for emergency use on Friday.

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Moderna’s vaccine, like Pfizer’s vaccine, requires two doses to be effective.

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Moderna’s vaccine reported a 94% efficacy rate in its late-stage clinical trial.

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One data chart showed Moderna’s vaccine appeared to protect people from infection around two weeks after the first dose, Business Insider’s Hilary Brueck reported.

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Moderna was approved a week after the FDA authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use.

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The US will ship around 8 million doses throughout this upcoming week.

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Moderna plans to deliver 20 million doses by the year’s end, Business Insider’s Grace Dean reported.

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Operation Warp Speed initially planned to deliver vaccines to 20 million Americans before 2021, Warp Speed’s co-leader said this will stretch until the first week of next month, Business Insider’s Andrew Dunn reported.

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Vivek Murthy, who President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate as US surgeon general, said Sunday the vaccine may not be widely available until summer or fall 2021.

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Distribution plans for COVID-19 vaccines are up to states, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended they first go to healthcare workers and people living in long-term care facilities.

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FedEx will transport the supply of Moderna coronavirus vaccines nationwide.

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