More great vaccine news! Moderna announced in a call on November 15 that their tests found their coronavirus vaccine was 94.5% effective. This follows news that Pfizer’s vaccine was tested at 90% effective.

The company tested 15,000 patients during a trial with a placebo and 15,000 participants with the vaccine. Of the 15,000 with the vaccine, five developed Covid-19, none were seriously ill.

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Both company spokespeople and health experts praised the results. “These are obviously very exciting results,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor. “It’s just as good as it gets — 94.5% is truly outstanding.”

“It was one of the greatest moments in my life and my career. It is absolutely amazing to be able to develop this vaccine and see the ability to prevent symptomatic disease with such high efficacy,” said Dr. Tal Zacks, Moderna’s chief medical officer.

And for timing for the vaccines? Priority will be given to health care workers, the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions.  Fauci shared that vaccinations could begin “towards the latter part of December, rather than the early part of December. I think that everybody else will start to get vaccinated towards the end of April,” Fauci said. “And that will go into May, June, July. It will take a couple of months to do.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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