"Once endorsed by the EC, the label would state that after dilution, vials of Comirnaty contain six doses of 0.3 ml of vaccine", Pfizer said in a statement.
That number has more doubled in the past week, as the CDC reported that 4 million doses had been distributed as of January 4.
Pledging that more brands will be given greenlight "in the coming weeks and months", Von der Leyen said the European Union has so far secured up to 2.3 billion doses from the most promising vaccine candidates for the European Union and its neighborhood.More news: What is Parler and why has it been pulled offline?
While studies have shown a single shot of Moderna's vaccine can promote resistance to COVID-19, scientists warn that limiting Americans to a single dose could come with risks.
Meanwhile, 235 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide with 63 of them in clinical trials in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on January 6. "And therefore this brings certainty for the planning and it creates an additional momentum for vaccinations throughout Europe and for the neighborhood", she said. Earlier, it had decided to make 100 million doses. "And this is more than 80% of the European population".
"This vaccine provides us with another tool to overcome the current emergency", said EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke. In December, Operation Warp Speed leaders said they hoped to distribute 20 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020. One user offered supposed Moderna Inc vaccines for $180, and claimed the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE could be had for $150 and AstraZeneca's for $110 per vial.More news: Iran demands sanctions 'snapback' removed in any new nuclear talks
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is "excellent news" that a third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.
The Moderna shot, validated by the European regulatory body EMA on Wednesday could also be used for people over 75, since data so far suggests an 86 percent effective rate for the elderly, compared with 94 percent efficiency for younger adults.
Britain has ordered 17 million doses of the vaccine, which will be delivered in the coming months once Moderna increases production capacity, it added.More news: COVID-19 modelling shows daily deaths could double by mid-February
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that approval of the Moderna vaccine "is another important step in the fight against the pandemic".