First COVID-19 Vaccine Tested on Humans Shows Early Promise

This article today from MedScape and WebMD — reflects the “rapid frenetic reporting” that we are now observing, every week. These GEITP pages believe this frenzy simply reflects the internet and social media who want instant gratification rather than solid scientifically confirmed data (which will take many more months). And who needs peer review and publication these days…?? As Aristotle (384-322 BC) noted, “One swallow does not a summer make” (i.e. 45 volunteers developing detectable antibodies, 8 having the highest level of antibodies, after a 2-month study — must be expanded to much larger numbers and much longer time-periods, while always being on the lookout for adverse serious side-effects)…


First COVID-19 Vaccine Tested on Humans Shows Early Promise

Ralph Ellis

May 18, 2020

The first coronavirus vaccine tested on humans has yielded positive results, with a small number of people who were tested showing an immunity against the virus, drugmaker Moderna said Monday in a news release.

Moderna, a Massachusetts-based company, said the vaccine called mRNA-1273 “was generally safe and well tolerated.” The company said it plans to move ahead with the next two phases, in which larger numbers of people will be tested this year.

The news release said three different dosage levels — 25, 100 and 250 micrograms — were given to 45 participants, and all of them developed detectable antibodies.

But the eight people who received doses of 25 and 100 micrograms in March responded best, developing antibodies that were just as high or higher than the antibodies found in people who’d gotten the coronavirus and then recovered, the company said.

The vaccine uses something called the messenger RNA (mRNA) approach. It does not require a virus to make the vaccine.

The testing is being done in coordination with the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It has not been peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal.

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