FDA Approves Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Videos by OutKick

Great news. Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval for Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine.

The vote was 20-0 and one committee member abstained. 

Moderna is the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive emergency FDA approval, joining Pfizer/BioNTech, which was approved last week. 

OutKick discussed the key differences between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines:

Overall, the two vaccines have more similarities than differences. Both require two doses, though Pfizer’s are administered three weeks apart, while Moderna’s shots are administered four weeks apart. After the second dose, both have a near 95% efficacy rate. While there is growing evidence of some effectiveness after the first dose, ABC News cautions that those numbers are small.

The effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer remains true across race, gender, and age.

The most notable difference is that Moderna can be stored at a normal freezer temperature of -4, thus won’t have the logistical complications of Pfizer. Pfizer requires a complicated -94 degree temperature to store.

The temperature differences suggest that Pfizer is more likely for use in institutions with large infrastructures, like hospitals. Moderna is better suited for smaller locations.

The two vaccines will not be mixed. Patients will either get two Pfizer shots or two with the Moderna vaccine.

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is approved for those 18 and older.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


Leave a Reply
    • the fact that this blog was opened up with the phrase “great news” regarding a bill gates vaccine getting approved is VERY concerning

      i wonder who the target audience is for this website. it’s definitely not either of us

Leave a Reply