Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel, citing an ongoing study, proclaimed that the company’s Covid vaccine was 95% effective in stopping the virus directly in its tracks.
Finally some good news on the Covid-19 front, news that will hopefully be putting the kibosh on the infectious virus for good, and right in time for New Years.
The aforementioned study, known as the COVE study, enrolled over 30,000 participants from all walks of life and ethnicities.
The breakthrough vaccine is already being hailed as a “game changer” and production of the wonder drug is already being pushed with an eye towards mass production and distribution
As the United States and Europe face another spike in covid-19 cases right in time for the winter holiday season, the surprise announcement couldn’t come at a more critical time.
New Covid Vaccine 95% Effective Says Moderno
The announcement by Moderno makes it the 2nd major pharmaceutical company to announce a successful covid-19 vaccine candidate, the first being Pfizer in conjunction with BioNTech.
The multiple successful vaccines augur well for the US, where governors are eyeing renewed lockdowns amidst covid-19 cases spiking nationally.
With the companies racing against the clock to pass FDA approval and begin mass production of the vaccines, Moderna claims it will have 20 million doses of its covid-19 vaccine available by New Years.
President Trump Claims Impending Covid Success and Return to Normalcy
President Donald Trump hailed the positive news from Moderna on Monday, attributing much of the success to “Operation Warp Speed”- the government initiated public-private partnership to facilitate and speed up the development, manufacture, and distribution of a viable, Covid vaccine that is 95% effective.
President Trump wasted no time tweeting out: “Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great “historians”, please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!”
Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great “historians”, please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
Indeed, there is merit to the president’s claim that Operation Warp Speed has produced 2 viable vaccine candidates in record breaking time; if a vaccine rolls out for public use by new years, it will be the perfect ending to a chaotic year marked by mandatory lockdowns, nationwide protests and riots, and a bitterly contested presidential election that continues to pit the country’s frayed nerves to the brink.
Gov. Cuomo Cries Foul, Threatens Legal Action
If all goes according to plan and the vaccines pass their phase 3 trials with the FDA, there could be no better way of capping off 2020 than by pumping out millions of doses by New Years with a long awaited return to normalcy, in-sofar as COVID-19 is concerned.
Still, some politicians looked to use the upcoming vaccine and potential end to the Covid threat as a vehicle for making political hay.
Notably, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who famously scoffed at the notion of citizens rushing to take a vaccine developed under the Trump administration, changed his tune to one of racial justice.
The governor claimed that black and brown communities have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 and will require a special effort to make sure that the upcoming vaccine will be available in large enough quantities to immunize the at-risk communities.
“Because enough people have died and enough injustice has been done — it stops now, it stops with this vaccine. We need to make special efforts with the vaccine to reach the underserved Black, Brown or poor communities, the private market alone will not do it. We need to enlist community groups to distribute the vaccine in their community. We need faith-based groups that the community trusts to distribute the vaccine.” – Source
The governor threatened the Trump administration with legal action should an equitable vaccination process not be put into place for New Yorkers once the vaccine enters distribution.
Still, as the legal wrangling and political back and forth continue, it looks as though the interminable nightmare of 2020, the year from hell, will finally conclude on a positive note. With Covid vaccine updates of 95% effectiveness.
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