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The Wall Street Journal reports Johnson & Johnson Begins Final-Stage Testing of Covid-19 Vaccine.

Key Details

  • J&J aims to enroll adult volunteers in the U.S. and several other countries, including Brazil and South Africa.
  • A vaccine that Moderna Inc. codesigned with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases started Phase 3 testing in July and has enrolled nearly 26,000 people toward a goal of 30,000. 

  • AstraZeneca PLC, which licensed a vaccine from the University of Oxford, started a 30,000-person Phase 3 trial in the U.S. in August but that study is on hold while an independent committee reviews a safety matter.

  • Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE also started a Phase 3 trial of their vaccine in July and have enrolled nearly 32,000 toward a goal of 44,000. Interim results of the Moderna and Pfizer studies could come as soon as October, but possibly later, according to company executives.

  • J&J’s vaccine is known as a viral vector shot because it uses a modified adenovirus—a virus that can cause the common cold—to deliver genetic instructions teaching the human immune system to build a defense against the coronavirus

The J&J trials begin shortly after the Number of US Covid-19 Deaths topped 200,000. 

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Counts are again on the rise nationally and internationally but the death rate is headed the other way.

The number of deaths and cases is very suspect in some countries.

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