A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will meet Thursday to review data from the trials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the second drug to be considered for use as a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus.
Following a positive review of Moderna’s drug trials results, the committee is expected to recommend the emergency use authorization on Thursday, and the FDA is expected to approve the request within days.
“I have no serious doubts that there will be a likely approval” for broad U.S. use of the vaccine, said Arnold Monto, a professor of public health and epidemiology at the University of Michigan who chairs the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
Thursday’s meeting will include members of the committee, which is made up of medical experts.
At the end of the day, the group will vote to either recommend or not recommend the vaccine for use in the United States against the COVID-19 virus.
In an effort to keep the proceedings transparent, “the meeting presentations will be heard, viewed, captioned, and recorded through an online teleconferencing platform,” according to the FDA website.
What time does it start, and how do you watch it? Here’s what we know:
What time: The meeting begins at 9 a.m. ET and is expected to continue through at least 6 p.m. ET.
What is being voted on and when the vote happens: The committee is expected to vote on whether the vaccine should be authorized for emergency use. The vote is expected near the end of the meeting.
What happens after the vote: The FDA will then decide whether to move forward with authorization for use of the vaccine.
How to watch: You can watch the meeting in one of these places:
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/US_FDA.
On the FDA website: https://fda.yorkcast.com/webcast/Play/5cf9198bcc0745769b39c699850945911d.
On YouTube: https://youtu.be/I4psAfbUtC0.