US administers first Moderna vaccines

A nurse at a hospital in Connecticut becomes one of the first people in the United States to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Mandy Delgado, who works for Hartford Healthcare, was administered the shot around 11:40 a.m. (1640 GMT), according to a live feed of the event.

“I’m excited. I feel privileged,” the critical care nurse says afterwards, to a loud round of applause.

The first Moderna inoculations come after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late Friday that it had granted emergency approval for the vaccine.

It also comes exactly a week after the US, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus, began administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine can be stored at -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), much less cold than Pfizer’s vaccine, which must be stored at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit), making the Moderna easier to distribute.

Since the FDA granted Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine emergency authorization one week ago, some 2.9 million doses have been delivered in the US, officials say.