US awards Moderna $176 million to develop mRNA vaccine for bird flu

The following is from Reuters.

The U.S. government has awarded $176 million to Moderna to advance development of its bird flu vaccine, the company said on Tuesday, as concerns rise over a multi-state outbreak of H5N1 virus in dairy cows and infections of three dairy workers since March.

Funds from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will be used to complete late-stage development and testing of a pre-pandemic mRNA-based vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza.

U.S. officials said on a press call that late-stage testing would begin in 2025, pending results expected in the coming weeks of Moderna’s phase 1 trial. The late-stage trial would likely focus on safety and immune response.

The contract includes options to accelerate the development timeline if needed, based on an increase in human cases, the severity of cases or human-to-human transmission of the virus.

Scientists are concerned that exposure to the virus in poultry and dairy operations could increase the risk that the virus will mutate and gain the ability to spread easily among people, touching off a pandemic.

The risk to the general public from bird flu remains low, and vaccination is not currently recommended for any segment of the population, Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said on a call with reporters.

However, “robust discussions” are occurring within government agencies about whether vaccinating farm workers would be helpful, said Nirav Shah, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adding that no final decisions have been made.

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7 thoughts on “US awards Moderna $176 million to develop mRNA vaccine for bird flu”

  1. Yet another scare tactic to pad the pockets of big pharma and screw with the heath of the rest of us. I will never take an mRNA vaccine for anything…nor trust the government agencies we have. Maybe we should defund the CDC, FDA, and most other agencies.

  2. Here we go again…….another mRNA concoction. Thanks but no thanks. After your covid19 screwup I’ll not stand in line for ANY mRNA injection. You keep it!

  3. This can be nothing short of sabotage! Designed to coincide with the reelection of DJT, the WEF along with the WHO hope to have enough blue states that will once again shut down businesses and commerce so the US economy will suffer under his administration. Patriots, be alert!

  4. After four years of non-stop crimes against humanity, how is it that this continues? Apparently treason must pay well and its benefactors filled with hubris and greed act with impunity knowing the average American is oblivious and doesn’t give a rats ass about anything but themselves. Public Nuremberg 2 tribunals are way over due.

  5. Time for more windfall profits on the backs of American taxpayers.
    Hope they test this one better, and are transparent about the risks and side effects.

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