Front-line coronavirus workers could be vaccinated as soon as this year, Novavax CEO says

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Workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will be first to receive a vaccine and that could come as soon as later this year, Stanley Erck, CEO of vaccine development company Novavax, said Tuesday. 

Novavax announced Monday that it has launched phase one clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate and it expects preliminary results in July. 

“I think everybody agrees that the first broad distribution will be to the front-line workers, the health-care workers,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.” “If our phase two data support the safety and immunogenicity that we hope it will and we’re able to see a signal for efficacy, it’s possible that that first line would be vaccinated some time in the fourth quarter of this year.”

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