Moderna has been approved by the US government as the country’s second Covid-19 vaccine, clearing the way for millions of doses to be released.
The US has agreed to purchase 200 million doses of Moderna, and six million may be ready to ship now.
The US has recorded at least 311,529 deaths and 17,269,542 infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.
US President Donald Trump, who hours before the official announcement tweeted that the vaccine had been “overwhelmingly approved” and distribution would “start immediately”, celebrated the news.
Congratulations, the Moderna vaccine is now available!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2020