The World Health Organization has given the green light for the emergency use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.
The MRNA vaccine from the US manufacturer was joined by vaccines from Oxford / AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson upon receipt of the WHO Emergency List.
Similar approvals for Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac are expected in the coming days and weeks, the WHO said.
Many countries without their own extended medical regulatory and evaluation services rely on the WHO list to decide whether to use vaccines. The United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) also uses the list of emergency vaccines as a pandemic.
However, the report is unlikely to have an immediate impact on Modern’s vaccine supply to the developing world. The company has entered into supply agreements with very rich countries that have already received millions of doses.
In a statement Friday, the company’s CEO, Stefan Bansel, said Moderna “is actively involved in discussions with multilateral organizations, such as Covax, to help protect the world’s population.”
He cites a UN-backed program to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to many low- and middle-income countries as needed.