AstraZeneca joins Moderna and Pfizer in combating COVID-19
The race for finding a viable COVID-19 vaccine intensified in the past couple of weeks. After Moderna and Pfizer announced that their experimental COVID-19 vaccines have over 90% effectiveness in preventing the infection, another company reported impressive results.
AstraZeneca stated that according to the early-stage trials, its vaccine triggers an immune response among adults. The data collected from 560 volunteers revealed that the adults aged between 18 and 55 and those over 56 had a similar immune response.
“We’re really delighted with the results,” stated Professor Andrew Pollard, Head of Oxford’s vaccine trial team. The vaccine - ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 showed a response 14 days after the first administrated dose, while antibodies appeared 28 days after the second dose, which is considered a booster.
As stated before, other pharma companies announced their vaccines’ effectiveness. Pfizer, whose vaccine is 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection, is said to file for an emergency use application to the FDA later today. Moderna is expected to do the same in the following days.
In pre-market trading, AstraZeneca stock price gained 1.80%.