We can stop COVID-19: Moderna vaccine success gives world more hope

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (Reuters) – Moderna Inc’s experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on Monday, becoming the second U.S. drugmaker to report results that far exceed expectations.

      Together with Pfizer Inc’s vaccine, which is also more than 90% effective, and pending more safety data and regulatory review, the United States could have two vaccines authorized for emergency use in December with as many as 60 million doses of vaccine available this year.

      The vaccines, both developed with new technology known as messenger RNA (mRNA), represent powerful tools to fight a pandemic that has infected 54 million people worldwide and killed 1.3 million.

      Unlike Pfizer’s vaccine, Moderna’s shot can be stored at normal fridge temperatures, which should make it easier to distribute, a critical factor as COVID-19 cases are soaring, hitting new records in the United States and pushing some European countries back into lockdowns.

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    • #378693
      Bernie Boomer
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      Moderna received over a billion from the US government to develop this vaccine, and wants to charge $38 a dose.

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      jbnw
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      All of these have long testing and distribution pipelines —

    • #378833
      eridani
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      https://www.statnews.com/2020/11/16/with-strong-data-on-two-covid-19-vaccines-we-have-more-answers-about-the-road-ahead-and-questions-too/

      Some immunizations provide protection against a pathogen for decades (think the measles vaccine). It’s thought that the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccine — no matter the manufacturer — won’t last nearly as long. But researchers won’t know how long until the immunity offered by these vaccines begins to wear off. This will be something scientists keep an eye on in the months to come.

      “We do not know at this point what the durability of protection will be,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on a call with reporters Monday.

      How long vaccine-derived protection lasts has implications not only for manufacturing and how frequently people might be required to get boosters, but also for the ongoing risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

      There are other unanswered questions about these vaccines as well. For one, the trials were designed primarily to look at the impact on symptomatic Covid-19. But experts will also want to see if the vaccine candidates can block infections entirely, or if they’re just making people less sick. Another: If people can still contract SARS-2 after getting vaccinated, are they less infectious to other people?

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    • #378886
      Fasttense
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      And don’t get sick for 6 months after taking the vaccine.

      I just don’t trust this rush to get a vaccine is testing adequately.

      In May, I may consider it. The dangerous and painful side effects of COVID lasted months and months. I don’t need to get them again.

    • #378917
      djean111
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      asks.  And then, most likely, we will be told the “cupboard is bare”, and so nothing else will be done to benefit people directly.  Which means it won’t have been free at all.

    • #379196
      eridani
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      It mutates so rapidly that at least yearly updates would be required.

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      • #379233
        Ohio Barbarian
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        We’re going to know in a year or two.

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