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    Drugmaker Moderna Delivers First Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine for Human Testing

    Drugmaker Moderna Delivers First Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine for Human Testing - WSJ

    Clinical trial is expected to start in April, as epidemic originating in China spurs quick response

    Chris Jensen had an interesting interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIH, on MSNBC this early PM. It related to vaccines for prevention of the coronavirus. He stated that it will take a year to start clinical trials (probably in China, where most outbreaks have occurred). Phase 1 trials relate to proving the safety of the vaccine, while later trials relate to dosage & efficacy.

    From Cardinal: The normal flu is more dangerous, but only insofar as it's everywhere and coronavirus isn't. By that same logic, a flu with a mortality rate of .0147% is infinitely more dangerous than a virus with a mortality rate of 100% but exists on a different planet. But if the coronovirus becomes as ubiquitous as the common flu (and so far I've seen nothing to indicate it won't be) then 2%>.0147%.

    For further frame of reference, the mortality rate of the 1918 influenza was 10%-20%, though I suspect that had something to do with medical standards at the time, though I could be wrong.


    As the coronavirus is spreading rapidly & is already in the U.S., the threat of mass infection & resulting illness & death is very real. Waiting up to 2 years for the arrival of an effective vaccine could prove to be disastrous.

    As I posted yesterday, face masks are minimally affective because virus particles easily pass through & around the mask material. And since the eyes are a known route of infection, very few people outside of hospital wards are seen wearing plastic eye shields.
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    Re: Drugmaker Moderna Delivers First Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine for Human Testing

    Moderna’s stock rises as it ships the first batch of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate
    Shares of Moderna Inc. MRNA soared 28% in trading on Tuesday as the biotechnology company took the lead in efforts to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has sickened more than 80,000 people and killed 2,600 people worldwide.
    Pharma bad, vaccine good, money bad. What to feel? At least they're based in Cambridge.

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