OYOGist.com has learned that the U.S. infectious disease Chief Dr Anthony Fauci has predicted the time the country’s coronavirus vaccine would be ready for distributions, According to him, the Covid-19 vaccine might be ready by year’s end.
Fauci made the revelation While speaking to Reuters on Thursday. There are no guarantees, “I feel good about the projected timetable,” Fauci said.
Fauci said Moderna’s results were especially promising because the vaccine appeared to offer the type of protection seen in a natural infection.
“In vaccine development, one of the things that you hope for is that your vaccine induces a response that’s comparable to a natural infection, because theoretically, the best vaccine you could possibly ever get is a natural infection”.
The long awaited vaccine according to many experts, will be the only way out of the pandemic that has infected millions and killed more than 575,000 people globally.
Trump administration is fully committed to deliver more than 300 million doses of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by January.
On Tuesday, Moderna, a biotechnology company in partnership with the National Institutes of Health announced that it has developed a coronavirus vaccine which has been found to induce immune responses in all of the volunteers who received it in a Phase 1 study.
Results however showed that the vaccine worked to trigger an immune response with mild side effects — fatigue, chills, headache, muscle pain, pain at the injection site. Early results from Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial shows that volunteers developed antibodies against the virus.
The vaccine is expected to undergo a large Phase 3 trial on July 27, which would involve 30,000 volunteers — the final trial stage before regulators consider whether to make the vaccine available.