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Moderna CEO confident of producing 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021

Moderna CEO confident of producing 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo. (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

LONDON: Moderna will be able to produce 500 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel said on Friday (Dec 4).

The company has submitted applications seeking emergency use authorisation in the United States and the European Union after full results from a late-stage study showed the vaccine was 94.1 per cent effective with no serious safety concerns.

"For 500 million, I am very comfortable we are gonna get there (2021)," Bancel said at the Nasdaq Investor Conference.

He also said the company would be able to maintain a premium price of US$37 for its vaccine doses, although the premium is expected to fall to US$25 for big-volume supplies, such as the one to the US government.

The Food and Drug Administration is set to hold an advisory committee meeting on Dec. 17 to discuss the company's request for emergency authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine.

Bancel said the company has seen renewed demand from many countries seeking additional doses after it reported clinical data.

Earlier on Friday, Moderna extended its contract with the Israeli health ministry to supply an additional 4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The company said on Thursday it would supply up to 125 million doses of the vaccine by the first quarter of 2021.

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Source: Reuters

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