Biotech firm Moderna expects to have about 20 million doses of its experimental coronavirus vaccine ready to ship in the U.S. by the end of the year.
The Massachusetts-based drug developer will be prepared to distribute the vaccine, dubbed mRNA-1273, around the country if its late-stage clinical study proves that it works and the feds approve it, according to company officials.
“From a distribution standpoint, we’re ready,” Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, told investors on a Thursday conference call. “We expect mRNA-1273 to be distributed within existing infrastructure. There’s nothing new required that hasn’t already been used for years with many other vaccines.”
Moderna said it’s “actively preparing” for the launch of its vaccine, which is one of four going through Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S. The company has enrolled 30,000 people in the study and has said it could have enough data to seek emergency approval for the shot by the end of November.
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