Positive results from a potential coronavirus vaccine announced by the drug maker Pfizer could indicate that two vaccines will be available, as biotech firm Moderna has relied on similar technology to produce its drug, according to Dr Anthony Fauci.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert told The Washington Post that Pfizer’s reported results of a “90 per cent effective” vaccine are “really quite good, I mean extraordinary.”
Pfizer’s 44,000-person trial has found 94 cases of Covid-19 among patients who had not been previously infected. Fewer than nine patients among those who had the coronavirus received two shots of the vaccine.
The company announced its findings in a press release; the data has not been peer reviewed or published in a medical journal.
Results from a vaccine in drug trial phase from Moderna, supported by research from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, could be released within weeks.
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