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US will pay Moderna up to $1.5B to secure 100M doses of COVID-19 vaccine

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of a coronavirus vaccine for use and claimed that it was "world-first".

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the top government officials leading the USA response to COVID-19, says he "seriously doubts" Russia's claim about having developed a safe and effective vaccine for the disease.

The announcement has sparked legitimate fears among experts, who said the Russian vaccine has bypassed "phase 3" - a crucial trial stage which mass-tests an under-research vaccine on thousands of people to observe its efficacy.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that it was possible a coronavirus vaccine would be available in the USA before the start of the general election on 3 November.

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Russian officials have dismissed concern expressed by scientists around the world over the lack of final-stage testing of the vaccine. "World politics at the moment aren't just being played out with nuclear weapons or trade wars".

Moderna Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNA) said this week it would supply 100 million doses to the us government, if the vaccine is approved for use against COVID-19.

Critics have linked the vaccine to hundreds of deaths of children who were inoculated between April 2016 and December 2017.

HHS says Moderna will manufacture the vaccine doses while clinical trials are still underway to expedite the traditional development timeline and get vaccines to the public as soon as possible.

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the vaccine that Russian Federation has approved this week is not among the nine vaccines it considers to be in advanced stages of testing.

Russian ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said Moscow will provide all the necessary details to the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration regarding the potential cure.

Over 1,000 Filipinos are now signed up for clinical trials of the vaccine. Although no vaccine has completed clinical trials, there are multiple attempts in progress to develop such a vaccine. The key question is: "does this antibody response protect the recipients from future infections?" said Sudanshu Vrati, executive director of the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad (Haryana). A strict coronavirus lockdown recently reintroduced in and around the capital Manila is unlikely to be extended beyond August 18, the presidential spokesman said.

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