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Moderna Readying for Next Pandemic With Human Tests of 15 Shots

  • Effort aims to quickly make vaccines to fight next outbreak
  • Company fending off criticism over access to Covid vaccine
Stephane Bancel
Stephane BancelSource: MediaNews Group RM

Moderna Inc. plans to start human trials for vaccines against 15 threatening viruses and other pathogens by 2025, part of a strategy to develop shots that could be made quickly in response to a future pandemic.

The effort will include prototype vaccines against the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, a cousin of Covid-19; the Ebola and Marburg viruses; a tick-borne virus that causes Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever; and mosquito-borne viruses such as chikungunya and dengue fever, according to a company statement Tuesday.