This week, the news hit that another clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine (known as mRNA-1273) has shown promising interim results after an independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) reviewed the trial data and shared its interim analysis. The news comes only one week after Pfizer had announced their preliminary trial results which suggest that their vaccine has 90% efficiency.
The mRNA-1273 vaccine was co-developed by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Moderna, Inc., together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which belongs to the National Institute of Health. The vaccine combines Moderna’s mRNA (messenger RNA) delivery platform with the stabilized SARS-CoV-2 spike immunogen (S-2P) developed by NIAID.
The review of the board suggests the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent symptomatic Covid-19 in adults. These results are based on 95 cases of symptomatic Covid-19, which showed that the vaccine was received well and was tolerated among the volunteers. The review also suggested that the vaccine had an efficacy rate of 94.5%, which is 4.5% more than what the clinical trial of Pfizer suggested.
The phase 3 clinical trial study was launched in July 2020 and is currently conducted with more than 30,000 participants at 100 different clinical research sites in the United States. Results from earlier studies indicated that the vaccine was tolerated well and immunogenic for candidates. The study ensured to work with a very representative sample of participants due to the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on underrepresented minority populations. Therefore, 37% of enrolled clinical trial volunteers are from racial and ethnic minorities to ensure the safety of the vaccine for everybody.
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