Moderna announced its new COVID-19 vaccine claiming nearly 95% protection, while the US saw over 1 million new cases of coronavirus last week and America surpasses 11 million infections as pandemic soars.
Coming a week after Pfizer and BioNTech announced their new vaccine with claims of 90 percent protection against COVID-19, Moderna announced its new coronavirus vaccine on Monday claiming the vaccination is 94.5 percent effective in protecting against the virus, according to early data, the BBC reported.
Moderna said no significant safety concerns have been reported are discovered during the trials. Currently, the company said it did not have figures on how long immunity will last after receiving its new vaccine.
Moderna says the company plans to apply to US regulators in the coming weeks and expects to have 20 million doses available in America before the end of the year. By early next year, Moderna is aiming to have 1 billion doses available to distribute worldwide, as the company will seek approval for use of the vaccine in other countries.
Despite the announcement of two new coronavirus vaccines with over 90 percent effectiveness in preventing infection, America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said wearing masks and continuing to physical distance will remain necessary even with a vaccine, the New York Post reported. Fauci warned that the effectiveness of any vaccine can vary with each individual.
“I would recommend to people to not to abandon all public health measures just because you’ve been vaccinated,” Fauci said during an interview with CNN. “Because even though for the general population it might be 90 to 95 percent effective, you don’t necessarily know for you how effective it is.”
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb on a daily basis in the United States, at a rate of over 100,000 per day, which reached a combined total of over 1 million new COVID-19 infections last week.
The US saw a spike of 159,165 new cases on Saturday with 1,257 deaths, followed by 139,084 infections and 648 new deaths on Sunday, according to worldometers.info.
As of early Monday morning, the total number of US COVID-19 infections confirmed since the pandemic began is at 11,374,487 cases and climbing with 251,935 total deaths.