A Maryland Biotech Company Shows Promising Results in Covid-19 Phase 1 Clinical Trials;
PLUS, State Del. Neil C. Parrott (R-Washington County) Won’t Seek, Apply for Maryland Senate District 2 Vacancy
Maryland Biotech Company Novavax Announces Promising Covid-19 Phase 1 Clinical Trial
The Gaithersburg biotech company Novavax showed a promising immune response in an early phase one trial- but not without a high rate of mostly mild side effects.
The study found to elicit “robust antibody responses, and it showed the potential to reduce the disease’s transmission.
Specifically, the candidate had a “reassuring” safety profile, with the most common tenderness and pain at the injection site.
Novavax enrolled about 130 healthy volunteers in its trial. The company gave participants either a placebo or one of four escalating doses of its vaccine.
Everyone who received the vaccine developed neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.
But a word of caution: The results from the study are still too preliminary to draw any conclusions about how well the vaccine might protect against Covid-19, experts say.
Novavax will submit its studies to scientific journals for peer review and publication.
The government is funding Novavax through Operation Warp Speed, a U.S. effort designed to develop treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus by this end of this year.
As a point of disclosure: A Miner Detail Editor in Chief Ryan Miner holds shares of Novavax stock.
Parrott Says He Won’t Seek Senate Seat Vacated by Andrew Serafini
By now you’ve probably heard that Republican state Sen. Andy Serafini resigned the Maryland Senate August 1.
Serafini wrote a letter last week to the governor and his Senate colleagues explaining that the job had taken a toll on him and his family.
The Washington County Republican Central Committee is responsible for choosing Serafini’s replacement.
The local GOP committee said it’s limiting the application process to current members of the Washington County Delegation.
Though on Tuesday, Parrott said he won’t apply for the vacancy.
He said he is focused on winning the 6th District seat.
That leaves only two eligible Republicans who can apply for the vacancy: Delegates Paul Corderman and William J. “Bill” Wivell
Mr. Parrott won the 6th Congressional District Primary in June and will face off this November against incumbent Democrat Rep. David J. Trone of Potomac.
The 6th District extends from Garrett County to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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