World Health Organization welcomes Pfizer, BioNTech vaccine progress

21 Novembre, 2020, 16:36 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • WHO welcomes Pfizer, BioNTech vaccine progress

The results of the companies' late-stage clinical trial showed that just 10% of nearly 100 test subjects who tested positive for COVID-19 had received the vaccine rather than a placebo, according to what the firms said was an interim analysis of its third-stage trial.

Spanish Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, said on Tuesday that news that the vaccine of the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech is "90% effective", is an "important, promising and relevant step", although at the same time he urged against over-optimism, saying that "there are still hard months" ahead and it is not advisable to "lower our guard".

Azar said the pharmaceutical giant is ramping up to deliver 20 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine monthly by the end of November. The global collaboration Covax has responded by raising more than US$2 billion from richer nations to purchase vaccines for poorer countries.Pfizer said the candidate vaccine's efficacy was consistent across different ages, genders and ethnic groups.


The companies said they will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration "soon after the required safety milestone is achieved", which it now expects as soon as next week.

"The first interim analysis of our global Phase 3 study provides evidence that a vaccine may effectively prevent COVID-19", added BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin.

Speaking on the news, senior World Health Organisation official, Bruce Aylward described that the results could "hold great promise hopefully for the entire world", adding that "by March as a result of the extraordinary work happening globally we could be in a position to fundamentally change the direction and the dynamic of this crisis". They said almost 39,000 human subjects have received both doses.

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