Tuesday May 19, 2020 – An American firm has announced that the first coronavirus vaccine to be tested on human beings appears to be safe.

The company, Moderna from Massachusetts, said that the vaccine is able to stimulate an immune response against the infection offering a gleam of hope to the world that has literally been crippled by the pandemic which has killed more than 320,000 people globally.

The preliminary findings in the first eight people, who received two doses of the experimental vaccine each, are promising.

However, the vaccine must now be administered to hundreds and then thousands of people, to find out if it can work in the real world.

According to the company, all eight developed neutralizing antibodies to the virus at levels reaching or exceeding the levels seen in people who have naturally recovered from Covid-19.

Moderna’s technology involves genetic material from the virus called mRNA, which is relatively new.


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