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NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the latest in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine.

A vaccine manufacturer is reporting preliminary data suggesting its COVID-19 vaccine is safe, and appears to be eliciting in test subjects the kind of immune response capable of preventing disease.

Moderna, Inc., of Cambridge, Mass., developed the vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The results reported Monday come from an initial analysis of a Phase I study primarily designed to see if the vaccine is safe.

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NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the antiviral drug remdesivir and other COVID-19 treatment possibilities.

Most health experts agree that the need for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is clear.

"To return to a semblance of previous normality, the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is an absolute necessity" is how a perspective in Science magazine puts it.

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The global race for a coronavirus vaccine is on. And around the world, hopes for a vaccine are high.

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