The Latest: Moderna to ask regulators to OK virus vaccine

(AP) – Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection – ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

Moderna created its shots with the U.S. National Institutes of Health and already had a hint they were working, but said it got the final needed results over the weekend that suggest the vaccine is more than 94% effective.

Since first emerging nearly a year ago in China, the virus has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide.

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