“Both revisions have a positive impact on the delivery of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which will help provide communities with more vaccine doses and allow the shots to get into the arms faster,” said Peter Marks, FDA -Vaccine Regulators, in a statement. “Ultimately, more vaccines that get out to the public in a timely manner should help end the pandemic faster.”
A updated FDA leaflet notes that without the right syringes it may not be possible to extract more than 10 doses from the full-size vial or 13 doses from vials with more vaccine. The agency issued its rulings as an amendment to its emergency approval for Moderna’s vaccine.
Background: Moderna was in Talks with the FDA since the beginning of February of his request to fill each vial with additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
A Moderna spokesperson told POLITICO at the time that it would take two to three months to make changes to the number of doses in each vial and that no vials other than those already in use would be required to increase the number of doses would be.
What’s next: It is unclear how quickly Moderna will be able to expedite the delivery of its Covid-19 vaccine. The company has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Sarah Owermohle contributed to this report.