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FDA Authorization of the Moderna Vaccine for COVID-19
On December 18, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273 (the “vaccine”). Moderna’s mRNA-1273 joins Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-BNT162b2, which was granted EUA on December 11, 2020. Both vaccines were developed by a genetic technology called synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA). More

FDA Authorization of the Pfizer Vaccine for COVID-19
On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (the “vaccine”) will be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 in persons 16 years of age and older.  The vaccine continues to be available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use in persons 12 through 15 years of age and for administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. This vaccine was developed by a genetic technology called synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA). More

Healthcare Organization COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: A Risk vs. Benefit Analysis
Now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine, more healthcare organizations are considering issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. These vaccines remain a key weapon in the fight against the deadliest modern-day pandemic the world has seen. Nevertheless, there are ethical, legal, and practical issues associated with mandates. More

The Vaccine Refusal and Vaccine Hesitancy Conundrum
The advent of vaccines to prevent childhood illnesses is undeniably regarded as a success of modern medicine. Despite recommended schedules and vaccination laws, however, outbreaks of one or more vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses occur annually. It seems simple. If vaccines can prevent serious illness, why don’t people get vaccinated? While the mythology surrounding vaccines may play a role in lower immunization rates, there are other reasons for vaccination refusal and hesitancy. More

 

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