I'm not going to opine too much because I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about, so I'm just going to provide a bunch of links and let you reach your own conclusions but there is no denying that this is REALLY REALLY REALLY good news. From CNBC:
Moderna said preliminary phase three trial data shows its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19 — a result CEO Stephane Bancel called a “game changer.”
The analysis evaluated 95 confirmed Covid-19 infections among the trial’s 30,000 participants. Moderna, which developed its vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said 90 cases of Covid-19 were observed in the placebo group versus five cases observed in the group that received its two-dose vaccine. That resulted in an estimated vaccine efficacy of 94.5%, it said.
Seemingly awesome numbers and even better than the results of Pfizer's trials which found about 90% efficacy, and those results were universally lauded as being fantastic as well.
But, and this is a HUGE but -
Moderna said Monday its vaccine remains stable at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of a standard home or medical refrigerator, for up to 30 days. It can be stored for up to six months at negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit. By comparison, Pfizer’s vaccine requires a storage temperature of minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
The vaccine remains stable at COMPLETELY NORMAL temperatures… not temperatures you'd find on goddamn Mars, which is the case with Pfizer's vaccine. This is a huge deal, as hospitals, distributors and logistics coordinators should no longer have to worry about figuring out ways to consistently store the vaccine at -94 degrees. Finding a reefer unit to store something at 36-46 degrees over any duration of transportation is child's play. Cranking a refrigerator to 36 degrees is child's play. Paying the energy bill to store something at 36-46 degrees is child's play.
Please excuse my clickbait. It was necessary though. Nevertheless, what a fucking awesome news dump to start our week off with. I'm sure because of the timing it will be politicized, but I personally don't give a shit. Just get this goddamn vaccine into the arms of as many people as possible and as soon as possible so we can pack stadiums and go to concerts again. Sounds like the FDA is going to authorize the distribution of the vaccine to 20MM people in the coming weeks, meaning by the end of the year we should be well on our way to beating the shit out of this asshole of a virus.
Oh, and each dose of the vaccine should only cost about $40. Awesome news. I think I speak for everyone when I say this:
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