Vaccine shows similar immune response in old and young
Moderna Inc said on Wednesday that an analysis of the early-stage data of its experimental coronavirus vaccine showed it induced immune responses in older adults that were similar to younger participants.
MODERNA HAS RECEIVED NEARLY $1 BILLION FROM THE US GOVERNMENT
The drug developer is one of the leading US contenders in the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus and its candidate, mRNA-1273, is already in the Phase 3 stage of human testing.
Moderna is now reporting interim data from the Phase 1 study, which includes new analysis from 20 additional people and details on how the vaccine performs in older people.
The analysis looked at 100 microgram dosage that has been selected for the larger Phase 3 trial. Moderna said the immune responses in those aged between 56 and 70 years, above 70 and those in the age-group of 18 and 55 were similar.
Moderna, which has no drugs in the market, has received nearly $1 billion from the US government under a plan to speed up vaccine development for coronavirus. It has also struck a $1.5 billion supply agreement with the United States.