Fauci: Moderna’s ‘outstanding’ vaccine results are ‘as good as it gets’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, nation’s top infectious expert, is hailing new data Moderna’s vaccine candidate as “striking” and “quite impressive.”

Moderna revealed preliminary phase-three data its coronavirus vaccine suggested ’s 94.5 percent effective. This is a far better efficacy rate experts had been anticipating a vaccine against , and comes after Pfizer recently said its vaccine candidate also appears to be 90 percent effective.

“These are obviously very exciting ,” Fauci told CNN on . “’s just as good as — 94.5 percent is truly outstanding.”

Fauci, who previously said he would “settle” for a COVID-19 vaccine ’s around 70 percent effective, also told ’s Today data is “quite impressive,” adding that after last week’s news from Pfizer, “Now we have vaccines that are really quite effective, so I think this is a really strong step forward to where we want to be.”

Both vaccines will need to receive approval from Food and Drug Administration, but Fauci told Today he anticipates vaccine doses, hopefully “from both ,” will start becoming available to high-risk individuals by end December. And asked whether several COVID-19 vaccines from other could be on the way, Fauci said this is “quite conceivable” and that he has hope “that these will also be effective.”