- Moderna, the biotech company that last week announced the results of its COVID-19 vaccine, will apply with the Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization by the end of the month, Moncef Slaoui, the head of the White House Operation "Warp Speed" said Sunday.
- Pfizer, which also last week said it had successfully developed a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 transmission, sought emergency use authorization on Friday.
- A panel of outside experts is scheduled to meet on December 10 to discuss the Pfizer vaccine, and Slaoui said a panel would convene on December 17 to discuss the Moderna vaccine in what he called a "parallel" process.
- Slaoui also said Sunday he was hopeful that the Pfizer vaccine could be administered to people in the US beginning December 11.
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Moderna will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation "Warp Speed," the White House effort to develop and administer the vaccine, said Sunday during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week."
Pfizer, which also last week announced it had developed a vaccine to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, filed for emergency use authorization Friday. A panel of outside experts that advises the FDA is expected to meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer's application for an emergency use authorization.
Slaoui, a former executive at GlaxoSmithKline and Moderna board member, said also Sunday that the Pfizer vaccine could be distributed to some people in the US as early as December 11 if it received an authorization on the same day the panel convenes to discuss it.
As Business Insider previously reported, it's not likely that most people in the US receive a vaccine this year, as a rollout is likely to prioritize high-priority individuals, including frontline healthcare workers, essential workers, people over 65, and people with preexisting conditions.
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