In a story published on MSN and Cincinnati.com, Fichtenbaum said “This is the beginning of the end because human beings now have hope.”
The Moderna vaccine candidate requires two injections 28 days apart. The Pfizer drug is delivered in two shots 21 days apart.
The two vaccines are similar in technology, using a fragment of the virus’ genetic code to go after the spiky proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. Without the crown of spikes, the virus can’t bind, and the body develops the ability to recognize the virus and fight it off.
The Pfizer candidate requires super-cold storage, which many providers do not have. Fichtenbaum said Monday that the advantage of the Moderna candidate is that it keeps at -4, “and most hospitals in the United States have freezers that have the capacity of holding at that temperature.”
The drug also is stable, Fichtenbaum said, “and could be given in a church parking lot over a vaccination day without losing any efficacy. We have reason to be incredibly hopeful.”
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