Two drug makers are now reporting their data have shown more than ninety percent effectiveness against the coronavirus.
Moderna announced on Monday results from its study show its COVID-19 vaccine was ninety-four percent effective making it even better than they had expected. But this does not, in any way, mean the drug will be available anytime soon.
Moderna becomes the second drug maker to report effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine. This offers hope to more than fifty-three million infected people globally. Nearly one and a half million covid-19 deaths have so far been recorded worldwide.
Another drug maker, Pfizer, reported a week ago that its vaccine was ninety percent effective against the virus.
Ten other drug makers in different countries are also at phase three trials of their vaccines.
The more than ninety percent effectiveness rate of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines qualify them for approval by the Food and Drug Administration whose yardstick is that coronavirus vaccines must be at least fifty percent effective to be approved.
COVID-19 Could Become ‘Much More Treatable’ In Next Six To 18 Months, NHS Boss Tells MPs
Head of England’s National Health Service, Sir Simon Stevens says there is a possibility for a combination of the coronavirus and flu jabs in a single vaccine for future winters.
Stevens told MPs on Tuesday COVID-19 could become a “much more treatable disease” in the next six to 18 months.
He said the emergence of new coronavirus treatments in the second half of this year offers hope of a “much more normal future.”
More than six and a half million people in the UK have received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine, with nearly half a million having had a second jab.
The government says it plans to offer of a coronavirus vaccine first dose to 15 million people by the middle of next month.
COVID-19: Nigeria Records More Deaths, 1,303 New Infections
Nigeria has recorded more than thirteen hundred new cases of the coronavirus, and fifteen more deaths, on Tuesday.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control says nine hundred seventeen patients had recovered and were discharged during the same 24-hour period.
The new cases were confirmed in twenty-five states and the Federal Capital Territory. Lagos bore the brunt of the cases with eighty-three infections. Rivers recorded seventy-two.
Nigeria’s total tally is now one case shy of twenty-five thousand. Death rate stands at fifteen hundred twenty-two.
Global Number Of COVID Cases Surpasses 100 Million
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 100 million in just over a year since the first cases of the then ‘mysterious’ new illness were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
More than 2.1 million persons around the world have died from COVID-19, and more than 55 million persons have recovered from the disease.
During the past 12 months, the pandemic has forced governments to order shutdowns, curfews, travel bans and other public health restrictions to try and stem the spread of infections. Economies have been hard hit and inequalities of all types have been exacerbated.
The United States with the highest number of cases and fatalities globally has recorded 5.3 million cases – approximately one-quarter of the global total and more than 424,000 deaths.
With 217,000 fatalities, Brazil has the second-highest death toll and has confirmed more than 8.8 million cases.
India has confirmed the second-highest total number of cases in the world, with more than 10.6 million infections reported. More than 153,000 persons have died from the virus there.