New vaccine breakthrough lifts global hope against pandemic

Washington (AFP) – Global hopes of vanquishing the coronavirus pandemic were boosted Monday after a second vaccine was found to be nearly 95 percent effective in a trial, bringing much-needed optimism amid surging infections and grueling new restrictions.The news from the US biotech firm Moderna comes after similar results were announced last week for a vaccine candidate developed by pharma giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.Major stock markets surged Monday in response, building on a boom sparked by the Pfizer news one week ago.Moderna, whose results stem from a clinical trial of mo…

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