Operation Warp Speed officials ‘excited’ about coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics

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The government program dubbed Operation Warp Speed announced Thursday that two coronavirus vaccines had entered phase three trials while noting therapeutics were also on track for widespread availability by the fall.

“An exciting week for Operation Warp Speed,” said one senior administration official who briefed the media Thursday on the progress of the joint Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services program.

The two vaccine efforts that entered phase three trials Monday were Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, both of which have sizable government contracts to secure hundreds of millions of coronavirus doses.

“These results are really promising in terms of their immune response to COVID 19 infection,” said another administration official, who compared the body’s response to the vaccine with that of a naturally occurring infection.

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