Coronavirus / Safety & Health

Moderna Vaccine Found Highly Effective at Preventing Covid

modernaModerna Inc. said its Covid-19 vaccine was 94.5% effective in a preliminary analysis of a large late-stage clinical trial, another sign that a fast-paced hunt by scientists and pharmaceutical companies is paying off with potent new tools that could help control a worsening pandemic.

The highly positive readout comes just a week after a similar shot developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE was found to be more than 90% effective in an interim analysis. Both shots rely on a technology called messenger RNA that has never been used to build an approved vaccine. Soon, millions of people around the world could be spared from illness by the breakthroughs.

A preliminary analysis of data from more than 30,000 volunteers showed Moderna’s vaccine prevented virtually all symptomatic cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Only five participants who received two doses of the vaccine became sick, compared with 90 coronavirus cases in participants who received a placebo, according to a review by an independent data safety monitoring board appointed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The vaccine also appeared to be effective in preventing the most serious Covid-19 infections. There were no severe cases among people who got the vaccine, compared with 11 in volunteers who received placebo shots, according to Moderna’s statement.

Reprinted with Permission from Bloomberg Government by Robert Langreth

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2 months ago

Yet another expected success from President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. Look for one more pharma company to make their announcement of a vaccine before the end of the year.

Reply to  PaulE
2 months ago

Funny sidebar: On the radio this morning, I heard that Biden wants to know President Trump’s plan for inoculating the country, how he plans to get it done. “Why is that?” I asked myself. Could it be that Biden doesn’t have a clue?

Reply to  Kim
2 months ago

Yeah, I heard that too. Evidently no one in the Biden camp has bothered to read the logistics plan that was formulated by the general Trump put in charge of vaccine distribution and the HHS plan for public access to shots. It’s been talked about enough times at numerous Trump Covid updates done over the last four or five months for those too lazy to read the on-line write-ups. All we get from Biden is a repeat of its going to be a cold, dark winter. Doom and gloom. Be afraid. Be very afraid. What an empty suit.

Have no fear though, I’m sure that should this voter fraud actually stand, Biden will plagiarize Trump’s plan and call it his own by February or March. The MSM will treat it as new “news” and hail Biden as a hero. He just has to keep the country in fear and keep mail-in voting going until AFTER the two Georgia Senate races can be stolen. At least that is their plan anyway. Otherwise, how can the Democrats repeat the same voter fraud tactics that “won” Senile Joe the presidency?

Melanie Mott
2 months ago

This is definitely good news. However, there’s one very important issue not addressed: how much will it cost? And is the cost/efficacy ratio better than the same ratio for HCQ (which doesn’t prevent the disease but treats the disease quickly at very low cost)?

Reply to  Melanie Mott
2 months ago

It will cost you ZERO. The same as any other vaccine that comes out of Operation Warp Speed. This has been spelled out dozens of times over the last 6 months by the President and his Covid-19 team.

Of course if Joe Biden is successful in stealing the election, the Democrats might decide to change the rules on that. They do need to get as much money from all us taxpayers as possible to pay their their socialist agenda. I also wouldn’t be surprised that whoever the Democrats name as the HHS Secretary outlaws the prescription use of HCQ in this country just to show there is a new sheriff in town.

Meanwhile in China, all the members of the ranking CCP, all military doctors and the Chinese military as a whole continue to be on a daily dosage of HCQ and Zinc. That should tell you something. ;-)

Reply to  Melanie Mott
2 months ago

Did Trump get HCQ in the hospital or did the fake news hide it?

Dan W.
Reply to  Misty
2 months ago

The President didn’t mention that HCQ was one of the drugs that he received while in the hospital. He did say that he took it for a couple of weeks several months ago but no mention of him taking HCQ since then.