The government signed a contract to purchase 20 million vaccines for the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) with the US pharmaceutical company Modena. The number of Corona 19 vaccines secured by Korea through a contract with Modena has increased to 56 million people.
The government signs a contract for 20 million people with Modena Corona 19 vaccine
President Moon-CEO talks rapidly after video call
Prevention effect 94.1%, more convenient to store and distribute than Pfizer
Hmm, the expensive price is 80,000 won for 2 doses per person.
On the 31st, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Jeong Eun-kyung said, “We have signed a 40 million purchase contract with Modena for 20 million Corona 19 vaccines, and will be supplied to Korea from the second quarter.
The government has been negotiating the supply of vaccines with Modena since last July. Last month, it had been pushing for purchases of 10 million people (20 million batches) by writing a confirmation of intent to supply, but the contract process was sluggish. This vaccine purchase contract took off after a “remote monopoly” between President Moon Jae-in and Stefan Vansel Modena’s CEO (CEO). On the night of the 28th, President Moon and CEO Bancell discussed the supply of vaccines through video calls. In a 27-minute call, Bancell’s CEO agreed to supply 40 million batches of 20 million people to Korea. This is twice the amount of 10 million people the government has promised to secure through negotiations with Modena. The vaccine supply period was also advanced to start from the third quarter of next year to the second quarter.
Chung said, “This contract was concluded through follow-up negotiations after an agreement to supply 20 million Corona 19 vaccines in a video call between President Moon and CEO Bancell.” It has doubled, and the start of supply has been accelerated from the third quarter of next year to the second quarter.”
Chung said, “The total number of vaccines purchased by the government is for 56 million people (for 166 million doses), exceeding 100% of the total population in Korea. It is enough to secure normal population immunity,” he said. “The start of supply of pre-purchased vaccines is expected to be introduced in phases in the first quarter of 2021, Janssen and Modena, and the third quarter of Pfizer.” . The Agency for Disease Control and Prevention plans to announce the vaccination plan currently being established in the next month.
Moder or “Also effective for mutant viruses”
Commissioner Chung said, “There are over 30 million people who are eligible for first vaccination, so they must be inoculated sequentially. In addition, it is a situation where two vaccinations are required (per person). Therefore, we are preparing a plan to start vaccination from the first quarter, but complete the first vaccination at the end of the third quarter, and finish until the second vaccination over a period of time.” Currently, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is conducting a preliminary review for modders and vaccines. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety plans to complete the approval and national shipment approval within 60 days when a pharmaceutical company applies for a license. Vaccinations have already begun in the United States and the United Kingdom, and the USFK also began vaccination on the 29th.
According to Modena’s clinical trial results, it is effective in preventing 94.1% of Corona 19 infection. The preventive effect of Pfizer vaccine is 95%. The advantage of Modena is that it is convenient to transport and store. It can be kept stable for 30 days at 2~8 degrees of video, so it can be put in a general refrigerator. In addition, it can be stored for up to 6 months at -20 degrees Celsius. Pfizer vaccine is less effective if stored in the refrigerator for more than 5 days, and it must be kept at a cryogenic temperature of -70 degrees Celsius to store it for 6 months.
Modena vaccine is known to be effective in preventing the COVID-19 mutant virus that is pandemic in the UK. Modena said, “As a result of testing with serum from animals and humans, we have confirmed that it is equally effective for some types of mutant viruses that have appeared since the early days of the corona19 epidemic.” Moderna plans to conduct additional tests to demonstrate its protection against the mutant virus.
The biggest disadvantage of modders or vaccines is that they are expensive. It costs 32 to 37 dollars per serving (about 35,000 to 41,000 won). For a single dose, the Janssen vaccine costs $10 (about 1,900 won), Pfizer costs $19.5 (about 21,500 won), and AstraZeneca costs $3 to $5 (about 3 to 5,500 won). With the exception of the Janssen vaccine, all should be administered twice.
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