The World Health Organization (WHO) has included the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the list, adding another shot to its coronavirus arsenal.
The shot from Moderna, whose efficiency is estimated at 94.1%, joins photos from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-SK Bio, the Serum Institute in India and Jansen in the WHO list of emergency vaccines.
The addition of the Moderna shot to the WHO’s emergency list is a prerequisite for it to be part of COVAX, the program for distributing photos in low-income countries. It also allows countries to accelerate their own regulatory approval for the import and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The United States issued an emergency permit for the Moderna shot in December, followed by the European Union shortly thereafter in January.
The solution comes as the world works to increase its coronavirus vaccinations to significantly curb the pandemic for a year after its outbreak in Wuhan, China.