Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging, Moderna says


The bank is also adding $11 per share "related to higher probability of success across the vaccine platform given the continuing encouraging results" and the updated vaccine candidate timeline of six to nine more months, from three to four more years.

NIAID doesn't hide its light under a bushel. "Levels of neutralising antibodies were at or above levels seen in blood samples, and data on neutralizing antibodies for the other participants were not yet available", the Moderna statement reads.

Critically, eight of them had produced "neutralising" antibodies - the ones that confer the greatest protection.

However, there is some evidence that high levels of antibodies might neutralize the virus.

The company already has set the foundations for overpromising by heavily promoting trial results from only eight subjects.

Nevertheless, Stat said that was "still a reason for caution".

In the phase 1 study, the participants were all healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 years. "Data on a second dose was not available for the 250 microgram group", the company said.

In 25 people who got either of the two smaller doses used in the study, researchers reported that the levels of antibodies equaled or exceeded the levels of antibodies found in patients who had recovered from the virus.

But studies have shown antibody levels among people who have recovered from the illness vary enormously; the range that may be influenced by the severity of a person's disease. If it works, patients who were vaccinated would find that their bodies are able to create the immune response to ward off the coronavirus, even though they had never been infected with the coronavirus.

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Regeneron is working on something known as a passive vaccine - the antibodies go to work once injected, versus an active vaccine that Moderna and other companies are developing.

"I thought: Generally? What does that mean?"

"Everyone wants to take every retailer's report of being indicative of something, but at the same time staying open and doing stuff is good, it costs to do that", said Willie Delwiche, investment strategist at Baird in Milwaukee.

The biotech firm announced plans to sell 17.6 million shares priced at $76 apiece in a public offering that's expected to close around Thursday.

Stat also called attention to the fact that, contrary to usual practice, the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Moderna's partner on the coronavirus, had not issued a press release alongside that from the biotechnology outfit. An mRNA vaccine is a new type of vaccine that aims to develop immunity in patients with the introduction of an RNA (or Ribonucleic acid) containing vector, such as a lipid nanoparticle.

A Moderna scientist works in the company's lab. That's not enough to generate confidence within the scientific community. One-day increases of 20% have a tendency to fade over time, especially if they're based on an announcement of a product that may not prove out in the long run. "They have not published any of that", Durbin noted.

"I would like to see the data to make my own interpretation of the data".

The race for finding a vaccine against coronavirus is continuing apace with a ray of hope emerging from Moderna, a USA biotech firm.