By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH, Pa./CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (KDKA) — Moderna announced Tuesday that it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to receive full FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 18 and older.

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Currently, the Moderna vaccine is distributed in the U.S. due to an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) declared back in December of 2020. However, it is seeking a Biologics License Application, which requires data from pre-clinical and clinical studies.

Dozens of vaccine clinics offering the Moderna vaccine have been hosted here in Pittsburgh.

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The University of Pittsburgh even played a role in developing the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in assisting with research and preclinical trials.

Just last week, the company announced that its vaccine was safe for adolescents.

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If approved, the Moderna vaccine would have a full licensure of its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.