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Moderna & Pfizer Start mRNA Flu Vaccine | The Same Flu That Disappeared Worldwide 2020 When COVID Struck

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 6, 2022

💭 The same technology that was used to treat COVID-19, which has seriously harmed millions of people and, in the worst cases, has caused death, will now be used to cure influenza.

The Phase 3 trial of an mRNA influenza vaccine has begun at two major pharmaceutical companies, Moderna and Pfizer.

A major Phase 3 clinical trial assessing the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of Pfizer’s quadrivalent modified RNA (modRNA) influenza vaccine candidate in about 25,000 healthy U.S. adults has begun dosing participants, the pharmaceutical giant reported last month.

“For years, there has been a need to better address the burden of influenza, despite the use of existing seasonal flu vaccines. Our experience with RNA viruses and mRNA technology has given us an even deeper understanding of the opportunity to potentially provide more efficacious vaccines that could further reduce the yearly rates of the severe outcomes of viral disease like flu, including hospitalization and death,” claimed Annaliesa Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Vaccine Research and Development, Pfizer.

“We are excited to start the first Phase 3 efficacy study of an mRNA-based influenza vaccine that could potentially deliver an improved flu vaccine to help address the significant burden of this disease,” she added.

Pfizer ensures that its clinical trial participants properly represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the countries in which they are conducted.

“The impact of flu on racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. is even larger. Black Americans are 1.8 times more likely than their white counterparts to be hospitalized for flu while Latino and Indigenous Americans are 1.2 and 1.3 times more likely, respectively,” according to the news release.

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