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Moderna assures vaccine efficacy against Covid-19 variants: ‘I suggest that the government activate us’ – Prime Time Zone

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The company’s medical director said that the immunizing agent may contain Brazilian and English strains of the coronavirus, ‘although the same is not true for South Africa’

ADRIANA TOFFETTI / A7 PRESS / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 12/15/2020 Moderna vaccine has 94.1% effectiveness against Covid-19

The medical director of Modern, François Nader, expressed concern about the speed at which Brazil is immunizing the population and guaranteed the effectiveness of the vaccine against Covid-19 in front of strains of Manaus e from UK. ”Unfortunately, Brazil is not going in a good direction in the fight against the virus. What we can assure you is that Moderna’s vaccine is proving effective against variants from Brazil and the United Kingdom, although the same does not happen with the South Africa variant. Therefore, I suggest that the Brazilian government activate us as soon as possible ”, said this Tuesday, 30, during participation in a webinar promoted by the Brazil-Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.

So far, the results regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine produced by Moderna. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the immunizer is 94.1% effective against the virus. Research carried out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of USA (CDC) pointed out that, despite requiring the application of two doses, the vaccine already guarantees 80% protection against the disease after the first dose. In view of the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the world, Nader explained that the Moderna team streamlined the studies and, between the sequencing of the virus and the first tests in humans, it only took 63 days to develop the immunizer.

“In January 2020, the sequencing of the virus was shared with the world by China. Two days later, at the weekend, Moderna scientists sequenced the vaccine. A technology driven by immigrants, by our scientists. Three weeks later the immunizer was ready, and on February 24, testing on humans began. 63 days of process. This is unprecedented in the history of mankind. ” According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil has already agreed to purchase Moderna’s vaccines, but the arrival of 13 million doses is expected only in the second half of this year. With the dissemination of new strains, the country is experiencing the worst pandemic. Still on Tuesday, 30, Brazil reached the record mark of 3,780 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, reaching 12,658,109 infected and 317,646 killed by the virus.

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