Pfizer Appears Slightly Ahead Of Moderna In COVID-19 Vaccine Race
Neither has announced a firm timeline, and the difference between Pfizer's 'October' and Moderna's 'November' could be mere hours or a few weeks, but Pfizer, by dint of luck or experience, is now in a position to offer the more optimistic projection on when it will seek an EUA. Both firms release their Phase III trial protocols, which seem in line with US FDA guidance.
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