Jun 1, 2021 - Health

Moderna applies for full FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccine

A woman receives a shot of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine by a soldier in Army fatigues

Maryland National Guard Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead visits with a woman as she receives her Moderna coronavirus vaccine from Specialist James Truong (L) on May 21 in Wheaton, Maryland. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Moderna is seeking full approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its coronavirus vaccine, the company announced Tuesday.

The big picture: Obtaining a Biologics License Application (BLA) from the FDA requires at least six months of data, unlike the two months of data required for emergency use authorization from the agency.

Go deeper