US rolls out second COVID vaccine after Moderna approval

Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool)

The United States has begun packaging shipments of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for shipment as the nation moves to control the pandemic outbreak.

It’s the second vaccine approved for emergency use in the nation which has seen more than 314,000 fatalities so far.

Use of the emergency shots is expected to begin tomorrow after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it on Friday.

The US started its vaccination drive last week following FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities will receive almost all of the vaccines being rolled out in the next few weeks.

Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, received the first of the two-dose shots on live television on Friday to build confidence in the vaccine.