Moderna requests full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna is filing for full FDA approval for its coronavirus vaccine, saying it’s 95% effective in preventing severe disease. Janet Shamlian shares more.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: And there's some new progress to report tonight in the fight against the coronavirus. Tonight, Moderna is now applying for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine. It comes as New York City, once the epicenter of the pandemic, today reported no new COVID deaths for the first time in nearly eight months. We get more now from CBS's Janet Shamlian.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Tonight, the unofficial start of summer and post-pandemic life.

- But we didn't realize it would be this crowded.

JANET SHAMLIAN: For many, Memorial Day was the first mass holiday in more than a year.

ASHISH JHA: If you are vaccinated, it's largely over.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Moderna says its vaccine is 95% effective in preventing severe disease, and is filing for full FDA approval. It comes as more than half the population over 18 is fully vaccinated. But as the temperature rises, so does the risk for those who are not.

ASHISH JHA: It's starting to get hot. People are spending more time indoors. And this year, the problem is, there's still a lot of people unvaccinated in many of the Southern states.

JANET SHAMLIAN: But time may be running out, say experts who study the airborne transmission of viruses.

LINSEY MARR: If we don't reach herd immunity soon, I think we're going to still see outbreaks in places where the vaccination rates are low.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Despite a dramatic decrease in the daily national average, new cases in Arizona and Missouri are on the rise. But there's encouraging news tonight for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Two new studies show the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines appear to be completely safe. Researchers also found COVID antibodies in infant cord blood and the breast milk of vaccinated mothers.

And as people are lured by vacations more than vaccines, health officials see opportunity, like this pop-up bus in Chicago along the Lake Michigan shore, on what was the busiest travel weekend since the pandemic's start.

- And I'm like, why wait when I can just get it now? At the beach instead of at the hospital?

JANET SHAMLIAN: Tonight, businesses like Jackson Street Barbecue here in Houston are optimistic. After losing more than a quarter million dollars in 2020, they're expecting a line out the door tonight, with a Major League Baseball game right across the street. Norah?

NORAH O'DONNELL: It's going to be busy. Janet Shamlian, thank you.