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The World Health Organization said Friday it listed the anti-COVID-19 Moderna vaccine for emergency use.

The listing process helps countries that are unable to assess the effectiveness of a vaccine themselves to gain access as quickly as possible, and enables the Covax vaccine sharing system and other partners to distribute it to poorer countries.

The US vaccine is the fifth stab to get on the WHO emergency list.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval for the Moderna vaccine on December 18, 2020, and the European Medicines Agency granted a marketing authorization valid across the European Union on January 6, 2021 granted.

The WHO said in a statement that its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) found the Moderna vaccine to be 94.1 percent effective.

The other emergency vaccines listed by WHO are Pfizer BioNTech; AstraZeneca; Serum Institute of India; and Janssen.

Moderna announced on Thursday that it would produce up to three billion doses of its vaccine by 2022 through new funding commitments to increase supply at manufacturing sites in Europe and the United States.

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