The EMA experts had been evaluating the manufacturer’s data using the so-called rolling review process since November. After that, the results of the studies are checked even before an application for approval is submitted.
The EMA emphasized that the process is much faster, but just as careful. In the case of a conditional approval, the manufacturer is obliged to transmit data to the EMA afterwards, for example on the long-term effect.
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The federal government said that initially two million Moderna vaccine doses would be delivered to the EU countries. How much of it goes to Germany is not yet known. Like the Biontech agent, two doses of the Moderna vaccine are necessary for comprehensive protection.
Significantly more vaccine doses are to come later. The US group is one of the six manufacturers with whom the Commission had already concluded supply contracts in the fall. Moderna will initially deliver 80 million vaccine doses to the 27 EU countries. In addition, the Commission has already activated an option agreed in the supply contract for 80 million more cans.
Germany is to get 50 million Moderna cans
Germany will then receive 50 million vaccine doses via the EU, announced a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health. The reason that Germany receives so many vaccine doses is that some EU countries do not want to purchase vaccines from this company and therefore the German share is increasing.
There are great hopes for the means of Moderna. In clinical studies, the serum has a similar degree of effectiveness as the Biontech vaccine, but has the logistical advantage that it can be stored at a temperature of minus 20 degrees instead of minus 70 degrees. The Moderna vaccine is already being used in the United States, Canada and other countries. (Tsp, AFP, Reuters, dpa)
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