• NASDAQ:INO gains 5.97% on Thursday, even as the NASDAQ fell by 76.84 basis points.
  • Optimism builds as Inovio and its investors await word from the FDA.
  • Inovio’s own numbers should not be ignored, as the world rallies around Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine candidate.

NASDAQ:INO has extended its rally off of its recent quarterly earnings report as the excitement surrounding biotech companies involved in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine increases. Inovio gained 5.97% on Thursday as the stock has rebounded by nearly 25% so far this week. The stock is still recovering from Inovio’s clinical trials being paused by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and remains below the 50-day and 200-day moving averages. The recent rally signals that investors may be optimistic that the FDA could soon respond to Inovio about restarting its testing.

The announcement from Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX) about the efficacy of its vaccine during the final stage clinical trials sent the global financial markets into a frenzy to start the week. But Phase 1 of Inovio’s clinical trials back in June saw a 94% rate of immunity in patients from its vaccine candidate INO-4800. Once the FDA responds to Inovio, Phase 2 and 3 of its clinical trials should be able to commence with an optimistic timeline of late 2020 or early 2021. 

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The recent success of Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as other companies such as Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) and AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN), has re-ignited investor interest in other potential vaccine candidates. While Inovio still remains a longshot to produce a leading vaccine for coronavirus, it also should comfort investors that just because Pfizer seemingly has a successful vaccine candidate, it does not rule out other potential candidates in the future.