Moderna CEO: COVID variant vaccine to be ready for shipping in August

FILE PHOTO: The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sits on the table at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Moderna’s COVID-19 variant vaccine will be ready to ship in August as the company has been making shots ahead of approval, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that the only bottleneck to supply was a regulatory one.

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“Our goal is as early as August given we’re going to file all the data in June, by the end of June… hopefully in the August timeframe, the vaccine is authorized,” Bancel said in an interview.

Moderna CEO: COVID variant vaccine to be ready for shipping in August

“We can start shipping in the August timeframe. Some countries might be in September, but that will really be a regulatory decision. Because what is (the) bottleneck now is regulatory. From a manufacturing standpoint, we are making the vaccine.”

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