COVID Vaccines Show Promise As New Cases Surge Across The Country

CHARLOTTE, NC – COVID cases are climbing in every state as the push to bring a vaccine to market intensifies. Two companies now say their vaccine is more than 90% effective. 

“I think this is a really strong step forward to where we wanna be about getting control of this outbreak,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

The Moderna vaccine trials show a 94.5% effective rate. According to the study, only five people got sick out of the 15,000 people in the trial. 

“It’s one of the greatest moments of my life and my career. It is amazing to me. To be able to develop this vaccine and see the ability to prevent symptomatic disease with such high efficacy,” said Dr. Tal Zaks, the Chief Medical Officer for Moderna. 

 It’s the second vaccine to now be more than 90% effective. The first, Pfizer. 

Dr. Lewis McCurdy 4:33 “It’s going to behoove us all to have multiple vaccines that are actually available rather than putting our hats all in one vaccine,” said Dr. Lewis McCurdy with Atrium Health. 

Dr. McCurdy says administration, storage, and refrigeration can differ among vaccines. 

“I do think that vaccines are going to be an important piece of fighting the virus and we really do want people to participate,” said McCurdy. 

North Carolina remains in Phase Three of the reopen plan with no tighter restrictions in place. 

Although, some local bars including Selwyn Pub in Meyers Park closed temporarily, citing a surge in COVID cases. Pictures showed crowds at the bar this weekend.