US drugmaker Moderna says its vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective, widening the prospects of an end to the coronavirus pandemic. A second potential COVID-19 vaccine is raising hopes around the world. A transmission-blocking vaccine could accelerate the end of the pandemic.
Do the new vaccine trial results mean the end to the pandemic?
In the short term, no. The soonest that coronavirus vaccines could possibly become widely available would be in the spring. But if effective vaccines do indeed become available — and if most people get them — the pandemic could drastically shrink. As coronavirus infections became rarer, life could gradually return to normal.
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