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This coronavirus vaccine showing promising results with elderly patients, Moderna says

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is helping elderly patients so far.

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In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Hans Pennink, Associated Press

Moderna said Thursday that its potential coronavirus vaccine is showing good signs of producing antibodies in elderly patients, CNBCreports

What’s going on?

  • Moderna said it tested the vaccine on 10 adults who were between 56 and 70 years old, as well as 10 elderly adults who were 71 and older, according to CNBC.
  • These participants received two 100 microgram doses of the vaccine within a 28-day span.
  • The vaccine reportedly added antibodies into the patients’ symptoms, which could be necessary to stop the novel coronavirus, according to CNBC.

  • Patients reportedly felt fatigue, chills, headaches and pain where they were injected. The symptoms resolved in two days.
  • Unsurprisingly, Modern shares jumped 6% in trading on Wednesday.

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The new results come as Moderna has begun testing the coronavirus vaccine on at least 30,000 volunteers, according to Deseret.com.

Moderna chief executive officer Stephane Bancel told Bloomberg that Moderna it is “totally on track” for getting all 30,000 patients into the trial by the end of September.

  • “Now we are really going at full speed.”

Health officials hope there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year, according to WBUR. There have been no guarantees from scientists.