Vaccine company touted by Trump accused of running a bait-and-switch stock operation to bilk investors
05/18/2020 // Mike Adams // Views

Moderna, the vaccine company touted by the President after announcing extremely limited phase 1 results (on just 8 patients) for its experimental vaccine, now stands accused of running a pump-and-dump scheme / bait-and-switch stock operation that appears to have been timed to immediately follow its P.R. propaganda push on Monday morning.

Zero Hedge reports on how the scheme works:

Shortly after the close - following its massive intraday surge on the back of what, at best, were extremely limited and extremely early results of its COVID-19 vaccine - Moderna has announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of $1.25 billion in shares of common stock.

Moderna expects to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund working capital needs related to the manufacturing of mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), for distribution in the United States and outside the United States, assuming necessary regulatory approvals are obtained, and the remainder, if any, to fund clinical development and drug discovery in existing and new therapeutic areas; to fund further development of its mRNA technology platform and the creation of new modalities; or to fund working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Morgan Stanley is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering.

The shares are reportedly offered between $75 and $77.50 each, and MRNA shares are sliding after hours...

So MRNA manages to raise equity capital at a price 15-20% above its Friday close... Can anyone say "pump'n'dump"...


And jumping quickly on the bandwagon, several other biotech stocks immediately offered shares in secondaries:






This morning, drug company Moderna shouted from the mountaintops that the first study of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine candidate - a pre-clinical human trial - showed "promising results". But as analysts later pointed out, the details - for example, the study's focus was 'safety', and vaccine was only tested in two low doses on 8 patients.

Well, one twitter user @TESLACharts who has obtained a large following for their incisive tweets about Tesla (and other valuation-related absurdities) tweeted a surprisingly detailed explanation of why investors should take today's announcement with a massive grain of salt, and why - going forward - they should be wary of the company and any results from the trial, which is being carried out in partnership with NIAID.

As it turns out, not only has Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel (whose Moderna stake has made him a billionaire) been selling a surprising amount of Moderna stock, but a mysterious company called "Flagship Pioneer" that also happens to be Moderna's largest shareholder has been selling large blocks of shares as well. That company, as @TeslaCharts explains, is controlled by Bancel.

Though he's not well known to the wider public, Bancel was once compared to Elizabeth Holmes - and that was after the WSJ published its series of reports exposing Theranos as a fraud.

Another thing: Trump's own Vaccine Czar owns a large slug of Moderna call options. Some have called for him to sell them because of the obvious conflict. But the fact hasn't been widely discussed on Monday is surprising.

The Twitter user suspects that Bancel will continue selling tomorrow, guaranteeing that "whether or not his vaccine works" Bancel will be "quite rich either way."

Basically, while the results released today seemed to suggest that the vaccine can create COVID-19 antibodies in patients, there's still some doubt about how long COVID-19 antibodies can keep patient's immune, or whether COVID-19 might end up evolving like the flu, requiring repeated immunizations to maintain its protective effects. In other words, while this is indeed a promising development, whether or not the vaccine will ultimately be effective remains uncertain.


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