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CureVac says aiming for pivotal vaccine trial read-out early in second quarter

Dose of CureVac vaccine or a placebo is seen in Brussels

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s CureVac expects initial results from a late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine early in the second quarter because the biotech group aims to have read-outs for specific variants.

“We need a certain number of cases for each virus variant to arrive at statistically significant results,” a spokesman said on Thursday.

The company, which on Thursday added Novartis to its line-up of vaccine contract manufacturers, has previously raised the prospect of initial trial results as early as this month.

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

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