WASHINGTON – America’s leading infectious disease expert called the Modern company announcement that its candidate vaccine for the coronavirus is 94.5% effective and estimated that by the end of December doses will be available for high-risk people.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC’s “Today” show that Moderna’s finding, along with similar results from a Pfizer vaccine released last week, “is something that predicts an impact on this outbreak ”.
“So now we have two vaccines that are really quite effective, so I think this is a really solid step forward to where we want to be in controlling this outbreak,” Fauci said.
When asked about the vaccination schedule, Fauci projected that doses will be available by the end of December for people most at risk of infection.
The official said that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have different platforms than others that are now in the works.
He noted that the platforms for the other vaccines are using a “cutting edge protein” that has been intensively researched, which he says gives hope that more than two of these vaccines will also be effective.