Moderna gets FDA approval to speed up virus vaccine output with bigger vials

Source: CNBC

KEY POINTS

  • The Food and Drug Administration gave Moderna clearance to speed up output of its Covid-19 vaccine by letting it fill a single vial with up to 15 doses.
  • Regulators also authorized vaccinators to extract a maximum of 11 doses from the current vials, instead of the ten previously permitted.

The U.S. drug regulator gave Moderna clearance to speed up output of its Covid-19 vaccine by letting it fill a single vial with up to 15 doses, with the U.S. banking on rapid immunization to stem the spread of the deadly virus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also authorized vaccinators to extract a maximum of 11 doses from the current vials, instead of the ten previously permitted.

In a statement, Moderna said its vaccine can now be supplied in vials containing 11 or 15 doses, and is expected to begin shipping 15-dose vials in coming weeks.

“Both of these revisions positively impact the supply of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, which will help provide more vaccine doses to communities and allow shots to get into arms more quickly,” Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said.

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