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Moderna Get Further $472M for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Moderna Inc. has received an additional $472 million from the U.S government’s BARDA to support COVID-19 vaccine development.

The additional funding will support its late-stage clinical development including the expanded Phase III study of Moderna’s vaccine candidate. In April, Moderna had received $483 million from the US federal agency that funds disease-fighting technology, when the experimental vaccine was in an early-stage trial conducted by the U.S National Institutes of Health.

According to Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Bancel in a press release, “Encouraged by the Phase 1 data, we believe that our mRNA vaccine may aid in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing future outbreaks.”

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development’s (BARDA) total funding for the experimental vaccine of Moderna, the first in the US to begin human trials of a coronavirus vaccine, is now about $955 million.

The vaccine uses synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) to inoculate against the coronavirus. Such treatments help the body immunize against a virus and can potentially be developed and manufactured more quickly than traditional vaccines.

A Phase 3 study, conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will begin on July 27 and involve about 30,000 participants, according to the company.

Moderna said it remains on track to be able to deliver about 500 million doses per year, and possibly up to 1 billion doses per year, beginning in 2021.