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Moderna targets November to know coronavirus vaccine's effectiveness

Added 09-18-20 12:22:02am EST - “Drugmaker Moderna will probably know by November whether its vaccine is effective against the coronavirus, describing its human trial in detail Thursday to gain public trust while the White House defended its speedy timeline for inoculating…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Drugmaker Moderna targets November to know coronavirus vaccine’s effectiveness”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Drugmaker Moderna will probably know by November whether its vaccine is effective against the coronavirus, describing its human trial in detail Thursday to gain public trust while the White House defended its speedy timeline for inoculating the country.

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said based on enrollment and the rates of infection, the company’s “best possible outcome” would be a sense of efficacy by October — though November is its best guess right now.

The timeline could drag if there is less virus circulating as the trial determines how many people got sick within the vaccine group versus the placebo group. That could push things into December, Mr. Bancel told CNBC.

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The Cambridge, Massachusetts, drugmaker is one of three prominent firms in late-stage trials of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. The others are AstraZeneca and Pfizer, which says it should know if its vaccine is effective by October.

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