As of July 12, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. has surpassed 60,000 for the fifth day in a row. Unfortunately, this rise cannot be attributed to increases in testing. For most of last week, nearly 1,000 Americans died each day due to COVID-19, representing a 300% increase from the death rate just a week prior.

Hence, the need for a coronavirus vaccine becomes more dire day by day. One of the front-runners of this endeavor is Inovio Pharmaceuticals  (NASDAQ:INO). While it’s already returned 601% year-to-date, I think shares have the potential to rally even further due to the potential of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

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Canan Schuman, PharmD/PhD
Author: Canan Schuman, PharmD/PhD

Canan Schumann is Chief Editor for Axxiem and for Axxiem's blog "BiotechOntheWeb". When not writing for Axxiem, Canan works as a Clinical Research Scientist II at the Research and Development Department at Molecular Testing Labs, developing endpoint assays for the detection of infectious disease and cancer. Canan currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he received his Honors Bachelor of Science (HBS), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.), and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biopharmaceutics at Oregon State University.