Fauci predicts data from Moderna vaccine within a week

Anthony Fauci expressed confidence Wednesday that positive data from Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine will be announced in the next few days.

According to the Financial Times, which hosted the top infectious disease expert at a conference, Moderna will begin assessing data from its phase three vaccine trials “within a week.”

“We were told that literally in the next few days to a week they’ll be doing the same thing of looking at the data as the Pfizer people did a week ago,” Fauci said.

Tea leaves: Moderna on Wednesday said it had submitted trial data to the independent board monitoring its trial, a sign that results could be announced shortly.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 means Moderna has been able to collect data quickly. The company said it expects this first interim analysis to include “substantially more than 53 cases,” which was the targeted trigger point for the analysis.