WHO gives Emergency Use Authorisation to Moderna’s COVID jab

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday listed the Moderna Coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, adding another shot to its arsenal in the fight against coronavirus. WHO experts recommend using the vaccine for patients above the age of 18 years. The drug is mRNA- based, it has an efficacy of 94.1 percent, according to WHO estimates. 

The vaccine can be stored between -25oC and -15oC , but it can also be stored for up to 30 days at temperatures between 2 degree celsius and 8 degree celsius.  The addition of Moderna’s shot to the WHO emergency use listing is a prerequisite for it to be part of COVAX, the programme to disseminate shots to  low income countries. It also allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer the COVID-19 vaccine.