New coronavirus vaccine results bring hope as Florida sees COVID-19 cases spike

ORLANDO, Fla. — There was good news on Monday when it comes to the fight on the coronavirus.

Another company reported its vaccine is more than 94% effective.

Moderna could have limited supplies of the vaccine out by the end of the year.

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It’s about distribution. It does no good to have the vaccine if it can’t get to the people that need it.

Even with a second company almost ready to go, it won’t happen overnight.

With two vaccines, one with a better shelf life, it won’t really make it quicker, but it sure could make it easier.

The news of another vaccine almost ready to go comes as Florida sees 10,000 plus new cases on Sunday.

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Moderna reported the vaccine’s effectiveness rating comes after 90 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group versus five cases observed in the group that received its two-dose vaccine.

Both vaccines are almost ready for the Food and Drug Administration’s approval. Doctors and scientists are amazed by the progress.

But Moderna stated it has something that Pfizer doesn’t.

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Pfizer’s needs to be kept at minus 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Moderna’s can be stored at minus 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Moderna’s vaccine will have a shelf life of 30 days, compared to Pfizer’s which will be just five.

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It’s still unclear who will get FDA approval first. That will be up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tens of millions of vials may be ready by next month, but millions and millions more will be ready in 2021.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler, WFTV.com

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.