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Wednesday Update: Moderna Vaccine Candidate Data Show Promise

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Good morning, it’s Wednesday, July 15. 

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are 13.3 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 578,000 deaths.

The U.S. has over 3.4 million cases and 136,000 deaths.

Moderna reported uniformly positive data from an early trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine.

Moderna said the phase 1 trial of its proposed coronavirus vaccine candidate, induced antibody reactions in all 45 patient participants, with no serious side-effects, following two injections spanning a four week period. The results open the door to a larger study of some 30,000 patients, set to begin on July 27, and follow on from the positive results in vaccine studies reported earlier this week by drugmaker Pfizer.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said the data looked "really quite good," and highlighted the fact that patients only suffered mild side effects from the injection, such as headaches, fever and fatigue

"These positive Phase 1 data are encouraging and represent an important step forward in the clinical development of...our vaccine candidate against COVID-19, and we thank the NIH for their ongoing collaboration," said CEO Stephane Bancel. "The Moderna team continues to focus on starting our Phase 3 study this month and, if successful, filing a BLA."

And, beginning Wednesday, the Trump Administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all coronavirus patient information to a central database in Washington.

The instructions were put into a document that was posted on the Department of Health and Human Services’ website. So, going forward, the HHS and not the CDC will be the one collecting the daily reports on the patients that each hospital is treating, and that information includes how many beds and ventilators are available.

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