Hundreds more U.S. hospitals including our own BMC in Pittsfield are set to begin vaccinating their workers today as federal regulators issued a positive review of a second COVID-19 vaccine shot needed to boost the nation's largest vaccination campaign.

The Food and Drug Administration said in documents posted online that its initial review confirmed the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, bringing the shot to the cusp of U.S. authorization.

A panel of outside experts will offer their recommendation Thursday, with a final FDA decision expected soon thereafter.

The positive news comes as hospitals across the U.S. begin ramping up vaccinations with the shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech's, which the FDA cleared last week.

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