Tue. Jan 19th, 2021
A vial in front of the Moderna logo is seen in this creative photo. The U.S. biotechnology company Moderna announced its experimental Covid-19 vaccine with 94.5% effectiveness, as media reported on 16 November 2020. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Moderna Inc. said it would ask US and European regulators on Monday to allow emergency use of its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the pandemic, which has been on the upswing in the US and Europe. U.S. hospitals have been stretched to the limit as the nation has seen more than 160,000 new cases per day and more than 1,400 daily deaths. Since first emerging nearly a year ago in China, the virus has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide.

Moderna is just behind Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in seeking to begin vaccinations in the US in December. British regulators also are assessing the Pfizer shot and another from AstraZeneca.

Moderna created its shots with the US National Institutes of Health and already had a hint they were working, but said it got the final needed results over the weekend that suggest the vaccine is more than 94-percent effective.Johnson & Johnson also is in final-stage testing in the US and several other countries to see if its vaccine candidate could work with just one dose. SOVEREIGNPH

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