Coronavirus vaccine stocks to watch

Here are the key companies involved in the COVID-19 vaccine race, their share prices and how to invest in them.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 48 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and the race is on to find a successful one – or several. Usually vaccines take years to create and test, but with the urgency to create this one, many countries are allowing phases to be conducted simultaneously.

As any company knows, successful results will mean a rise in its stock price. We’ve compiled some of the companies currently in the race to create a vaccine and what phase they’re currently in.

The different phases of vaccine creation

  • Phase one. This includes testing the candidate on a small group to find out if there are any adverse reactions to it.
  • Phase two. This phase tests whether the vaccine is safe for humans. The potential vaccine is tested on a larger group.
  • Phase three. In this phase, the candidates are tested on a much larger scale with tens of thousands of people.
  • Regulation. If all three phases are successful then it is submitted to regulators. The regulation processes tend to differ between countries and have been slightly different due to the severity of COVID-19.

Who’s winning the coronavirus vaccine race?

There are a few companies currently in the lead, such as Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, and University of Oxford/AstraZeneca. All of these companies have stated that their vaccines are more than 50% effective.

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Companies currently in phase 3

Johnson & Johnson – Ad26.COV2.S

Johnson & Johnson announced in September that it has launched its phase three trials for its COVID-19 vaccine. The phase one trial started in the US and Belgium in mid-July. It plans to have its first batches available for use in early 2021 and aims to provide more than one billion doses of its vaccine each year.

Novavax – NVX-CoV2373

Novavax‘s candidate started human trials in July which suggested that it is safe and effective. In September, it announced that it has initiated a phase three study for the potential vaccine.

Novavax has already been awarded a contract from the US Department of Defense to manufacture the vaccine.

University of Oxford/AstraZeneca – ChAdOx1 nCoV-19

This candidate hasn’t reported any adverse reactions on humans so far. It says the volunteers have responded in the same way as animals that have been protected from the virus. It is currently being trialled on tens of thousands of volunteers.

AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing and distributing the vaccine.

Over two billion doses have been ordered by the UK, US, Europe and India.

Sinovac – CoronaVac

Work started in January with phase one and two trials made on 743 people. No adverse side effects have been reported.

It’s started on phase three, but phase two is not expected to be finished until the end of 2020.
Phase three will test the vaccine on almost 9,000 healthcare professionals in Brazil.

Primary results from phase three should be ready in September 2021, while the study is due to be finished by October 2021.


The China National Pharmaceutical Group has been working on a vaccine developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.
Chairman Liu Jingzhen has reportedly already injected himself with the vaccine before clinical trials began.

It’s started working on phase three with thousands of volunteers in the UAE.

It’s been suggested by the chairman that Sinopharm will be ready before the end of the year.

HKG: 1099

Moderna – mRNA-1273

Moderna is working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It was one of the first to get started on the vaccine. Phase two is currently in motion and has had positive results so far.

Phase three hasn’t yet started but has been approved to include 30,000 volunteers. It is estimated to be completed in October 2022 and the company plans to deliver 500 million doses per year.

BioNTech, Fosun Pharma and Pfizer

Some good news broke in November about BioNtech, Pfizer and Fosun Pharma’s vaccine which could be ready before the end of 2020. Two of its candidates have been through preliminary trials, one of which went on to do phase two and three trials on up to 30,000 volunteers. Pfizer and BioNTech plan to supply up to 100 million doses before the end of 2020 if they get regulatory approval.

The companies already have deals signed with numerous countries including the US, Canada, Japan and the UK.

SHA: 600196

Companies currently in phase 2

Cadila Healthcare (Zydus Cadila) – ZyCov-D

The potential vaccine has so far been found to be safe, and the company is due to start phase three in December 2020. This candidate is a three-dose vaccine and the company plans to begin with the manufacturing of 100 million doses.

CanSino Biologics – Ad5-nCOV

CanSino Biologics has finished its phase two trials on more than 500 people in Wuhan, China. It is looking to test the potential candidate on more than 400,000 people in phase three.

HKG: 6185

Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical

Anhui Zhifei Longcom is working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to create a vaccine. It started on phase one trials in May and started on phase two on 900 volunteers in July.

Companies in phase 1

The Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Science

The Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Science has already been through phase one and has nearly 400 participants lined up for a phase two trial. It plans to finish this in November 2021.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals – INO-4800

Inovio Pharmaceuticals has already done some studies on animals and reported successful results, and its phase one trial on 40 people has good results with an immune response in 94% of patients. It is working with the International Vaccine Institute.


AnGes has partnered with Osaka University and Takara Bio to produce a vaccine. It is currently conducting phases one and two with its product.

TYO: 4563

Genexine – GX-19

Genexine announced in June that it has approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for a phase one and two trial.

KOSDAQ: 095700

Bharat Biotech – Coro-Flu

Coro-Flu has already been ruled as safe for humans under phase one and two trials. It’s now being adapted for coronavirus.

British American Tobacco

One of the most unexpected companies in this list, British American Tobacco, is a tobacco maker. It has a US biotech arm which is using “tobacco plant technology” to create a potential vaccine. The product is awaiting US Food and Drug Administration authorisation to carry out phase one human clinical trials.

Arcturus – LUNAR-COV19

Arcturus’s candidate is currently being tested with the Duke NUS Medical School. It has already signed a deal to supply its vaccine to Israel if it is successful. It’s currently in phase one and two clinical trials.

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