Health Canada approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

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Ryan Patrick Jones · CBC News · Posted: Dec 23, 2020 10:20 AM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago503 comments

Health Canada has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in this country, clearing the way for thousands of doses to arrive by month’s end.

The federal department announced the approval on Wednesday after completing a review of the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s clinical trial data.

“The data provided supports favourably the efficacy of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine as well as its safety,” Health Canada said in a notice authorizing use of the vaccine for people over the age of 18.

“There were no important safety issues identified and no life-threatening adverse events (AEs) or deaths related to the vaccine.”

Moderna’s is the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by Health Canada.

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