Moderna and Pfizer May Benefit From This Rival’s Bad News – Nasdaq


CureVac (NASDAQ: CVAC) recently reported disappointing efficacy data from the phase 3 trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate. The company expects more data and then will decide on what to do next. In this Motley Fool Live video recorded on June 22, healthcare and cannabis bureau editor and analyst Olivia Zitkus and contributor Adria Cimino discuss what a potential win means for CureVac — and how a potential loss may help today’s vaccine leaders.

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Olivia Zitkus: Is CureVac still looming large as a potential player in the general vaccine space? Has the company signed any other major purchase agreements that investors are still holding onto for some hope here?

Adria Cimino: As a matter of fact, they have. It could be a big player in Europe. They signed a deal in Europe for as many as 405 million doses. That includes the option for more doses, so that will be a total of at maximum 405 million doses. They can be a pretty good provider in Europe. We’ll have to see if that’s going to go through or not depending on what happens with the final analysis. Now, if this falls through, this might be positive news for Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) and Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA) because chances are Europe is looking for more doses. Europe has struggled with supply issues and got behind in vaccinations and everything. It’s very possible that if the CureVac deal falls through, they’re going to be looking for more doses elsewhere. Then, of course, we have Pfizer and Moderna ready to provide them. It very well could be good news for Pfizer and Moderna or maybe even Novavax down the road.

Adria Cimino has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Olivia Zitkus owns shares of Moderna Inc. The Motley Fool recommends Moderna Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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