By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:57 BST, 5 August 2020 | Updated: 23:20 BST, 5 August 2020
Moderna's experimental coronavirus vaccine protected mice from infection for several weeks, results published on Wednesday reveals.
Researchers found when the rodents were given two doses of the immunization, they were protected for at least 13 weeks.
Findings also show that, if given insufficient doses, the jab did not 'enhance' COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in the mice.
It comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the recent coronavirus inoculation developments over the last two weeks 'the most historic advances in the development of vaccines' in an interview with Fox News.
Moderna's vaccine (above) tricks the body into producing some of the viral proteins, which the immune system recognizes and builds a response against mice
Mice were given two intramuscular doses three weeks apart and then exposed them to the virus five and 13 weeks later, but the mice didn't fall ill (above) due to neutralizing antibodies
The vaccine, developed by Massachusetts-based Moderna, was done in partnership with the National Institutes of Health.