Of Bruce Japsen
Dr. Anthony Faucchi said phase 3 of the modern vaccine test for the moderna corona would begin in July and would include monitoring 30,000 people, including young and old.
Moderna’s candidate vaccine is considered a pioneer among the other efforts made by other companies in the fight against the deadly virus. Phase 3 is considered the final stage before possible approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, which will make it available to patients in the country.
Moderna said last week that it had started registering 600 healthy participants in phase 2 of the clinical trial of Mrna – 1273, the company’s vaccine against coronavirus. However, Faoutsi confirmed on Tuesday that the next phase of the test will begin early next month.
“We are preparing to study Phase 3,” said Dr. Howard Bauchner, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States. “The end of all this is the third phase, which begins in the first week of July.”
Fauchi said those taking part in the test would be mostly between the ages of 18 and 55, but there would also be elderly Americans, including those at significant risk of infection.
“We and the companies and the federal government are taking a risk,” Faucchi said, referring to the government’s agreement to fund the production of the installment, whether they stop working on it or not.
“We will start preparing the doses of the vaccine before we even know how this vaccine works,” Fauci said. “We may know if it is effective by November or December. By then we hope to have almost 100 million doses.”
“By the beginning of 2021, a few hundred million more installments will be given,” he said, adding that “preparations will be made as we test the vaccine.”
Although Moderna’s candidate vaccine seems to have the lead, Faucchio was optimistic that many other companies, including Astrazeneca, are developing successful vaccines. “There are at least four and possibly five tests that I know of and are involved in, either directly or indirectly,” Faucci said.