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Ask the R-S mailbag covid edition: Why state and county case, death numbers don’t always match 10/18/2021

Published October 19, 2021

Here's why Moderna is still only for emergency use

Q. Why hasn’t the Moderna vaccine been approved by the FDA beyond emergency use?

A. The process for the FDA — the regulatory authority that assesses safety, effectiveness and quality of vaccines before they're used in the U.S. — to approve any vaccine for general use is often a long one. It requires detailed study and a lot of data gleaned from closely-monitored test subjects.

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