Covid-19: Moderna's Vaccine Could Cost Between $50 and $60

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Late Monday afternoon, Pfizer and BioNTech announced the start of a global Phase 2/3 30,000-person safety and efficacy clinical trial for their leading mRNA vaccine candidate.

Meanwhile, Moderna drew some attention away from the pricing debate Tuesday afternoon with news of positive data from a trial of its vaccine in nonhuman primates. "The Moderna vaccine seems to be very promising". This protein then tells the immune system to produce antibodies that will protect the body from the virus.

"It elicits a response to white blood cells, where white blood cells are able to have activity against the virus".

But the company has moved ahead with a slightly different candidate. For this study, the company will enroll 30,000 participants from 39 US states as well as from Germany, Argentina, and Brazil.

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Soriot wouldn't say what Astra's vaccine would cost.

Discussions have also centred around whether the elderly or those with co-morbidities will receive the Coronavirus vaccine first, he said. The SII which has partnered with AstraZeneca for manufacturing the Oxford vaccine candidate for COVID-19 had submitted its application to the DCGI on Friday, seeking permission for conducting the phase 2 and 3 trials of the potential vaccine "Covidshield".

"Notably, animals receiving the 10-micrograms or 100-micrograms dose vaccine candidate produced neutralizing antibodies in the blood at levels well above those found in people who recovered from Covid-19, " the researchers wrote. Over half of the world's vaccines were manufactured in India by companies such as the Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Biological E, Piot said. "The Phase 2/3 study protocol follows all the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on clinical trial design for COVID-19 vaccine studies".

Meanwhile, the Russian health ministry, which has not yet confirmed the August approval date, said that the frontline medical staff will be first to be vaccinated once the new drug has been approved for public use, whereas, the country's defence ministry said that Russian soldiers served as volunteers in human trials. Phase 3 will determine if it provides protection.

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On July 22, Pfizer and BioNTech said the USA government placed an initial order of 100 million doses for $1.95 billion.

It appeared to be an improvement over results of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in a similar study.

Astra has committed to starting delivery of 30 million vaccine doses to the U.K.by September and 100 million by the end of the year, and also has supply agreements with the US and EU. There are now 25 other clinical trials underway around the world.

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