Moderna announced today that testing has shown its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94.5 percent effective. The data is based on early results of a continuing study. At the same time, experts say at best, the vaccine would not be widely available until spring.
Moderna is the second company to report successful preliminary data in the past few weeks. On November 9, Pfizer and BioNTech announced their vaccine candidate was over 90 percent effective.
Animal rights groups have falsely suggested Moderna’s vaccine “skipped” animal tests in its development. However, as AMP explains in our coronavirus FAQ, there is plenty of data and documentation that show animal studies did indeed lead to the development of the vaccine candidate.
The Food and Drug Administration has said coronavirus vaccines should be at least 50 percent effective to be approved.
More information can be found in this announcement from the National Institutes of Health and also in this New York Times story.
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