Although the vaccine is not set to be widely administered soon, Pfizer said it plans to seek emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration soon after volunteers have been monitored for two months following their second dose of the vaccine.
Oil, which had been plunging as the economy took a turn for the worse, was up 8% Monday morning.
Betting on Biden
Stock futures had already been higher with the uncertainty of the election mostly in the rearview mirror.
The stock market had been predicting a Joe Biden win for more than a week, but stock futures nevertheless were sharply higher Monday even before Pfizer announced its good news about the vaccine. Markets’ first reaction to Biden’s official projection as the winner was a positive one.
Although President Donald Trump continues his legal fight and unsubstantiated claims of election fraud — and the fate of the Senate remains up in the air — Wall Street was pleased that a great deal of uncertainty is out of the way.
Investors have been pleased, too, that Republicans could keep control of the Senate, likely hindering Biden’s ability to raise taxes and increase regulation.
— CNN Health’s Nadia Kounang contributed to this report