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The Latest: The vaccine race is heating up

Dear Reader,

At least two companies are reporting very good results from their late-stage trials. This morning Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they will be submitting their Covid-19 vaccine data to the FDA and that their full results show 95% efficacy. This comes after Moderna announced high efficacy results for its vaccine on Monday.

The Covid-19 news cycle is a bit whiplash-inducing right now. The vaccine news is very hopeful (I am stoked by what I see so far) and at the same time the U.S. is in a particularly bleak point in the pandemic with rising cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. With vaccines likely on the horizon, the human loss feels unfair and preventable. Now is the time to really lean on what you know works to keep yourself and others protected from infection.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Pfizer and BioNTech have finished their final clinical trial for the Covid-19 vaccine and say it is 95% effective and 94% effective in people over 65 who are at a higher risk for severe Covid-19. Read more.
  • The FDA has given a green light to The Lucira, which is a single use test that is intended to detect SARS-CoV-2 with a self-collected nasal swab sample in people age 14 and older who are suspected of Covid-19.
  • The results were analyzed by an independent data safety monitoring board, appointed by the National Institutes of Health. Read more.

, and read some of the essential stories we’ve curated below.

Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog

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