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07.29.20 (wired.com)

Russia claims it’s on track to approve Covid-19 vaccine by mid-August. But speed of process raises questions

Russia is trying to be the first nation to approve a Covid-19 vaccine—and it plans on doing it in less than two weeks. But the country has not released any scientific data on the vaccine’s effectiveness or safety, causing widespread concerns over releasing it to the public. Officials say the vaccine will be approved for the public on August 10, with frontline workers getting it first.

Moderna’s vaccine protects monkeys from Coronavirus, study shows

A new trial study showed that Moderna’s vaccine candidate built immunity to Covid-19 in monkeys. According to the report, monkeys that received two doses of the vaccination showed “robust immune response and protection.” Experts remain cautiously optimistic as the vaccine enters final human trials.

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