Germany’s CureVac introduced Wednesday that closing trial outcomes confirmed its coronavirus vaccine had an efficacy fee of simply 48 p.c, far decrease than these developed by mRNA rivals BioNTech and Moderna.
The result had been anticipated after poor interim outcomes had been launched earlier this month.
The corporate partially blamed “the unprecedented context of 15 strains circulating” among the many trial volunteers, in addition to various responses throughout completely different age teams.
The Covid vaccines developed by German rival BioNTech/Pfizer and US agency Moderna had been each authorised some 18 months in the past after exhibiting round 95 p.c efficacy.
Their trials on the time solely needed to cope with the unique pressure of the virus.
CureVac mentioned its jab, generally known as CVnCoV, did barely higher amongst individuals aged 18 to 60 than amongst older ages, with efficacy climbing to 53 p.c.
Amongst that very same 18-60 age group, the vaccine provided 100 p.c safety in opposition to hospitalisation and dying.
“On this closing evaluation, CVnCoV demonstrates a robust public well being worth” for individuals aged 18 to 60, “which we imagine will probably be an necessary contribution to assist handle the Covid-19 pandemic and the dynamic variant unfold,” chief government officer Franz-Werner Haas mentioned in an announcement.
CureVac’s late-stage Section 2b/three trial concerned some 40,000 individuals in 10 international locations in Europe and Latin America. Of these, 228 contracted the coronavirus.
CureVac, based in 2000 by mRNA pioneer Ingmar Hoerr, mentioned in Could that unbiased evaluation “discovered no security issues” with its two-dose vaccine.
The corporate mentioned it had shared its information with the European Medicines Company (EMA) and would give additional particulars at a press convention on Thursday.
Regardless of being a laggard within the vaccine race, CureVac believes it has benefits over its mRNA opponents.
CureVac’s product could be saved at commonplace fridge temperature, not like the first-generation Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which require super-cold freezers.
CureVac’s vaccine additionally requires a decrease dosage, permitting for quicker and cheaper mass manufacturing.
The European Union has secured as much as 405 million doses of the CureVac vaccine.
The corporate is already engaged on a second-generation vaccine for which it has teamed up with pharma big
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