United Kingdom to Approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

29 Novembre, 2020, 23:53 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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Pfizer-BioNTech's "genetic type" experimental Covid-19 began its phase 3 clinical trials in July this year.

The UK government expects the rollout of the vaccine before Christmas by skipping European Union regulators as it prepares for Brexit transitions. So far, COVID-19 has claimed over 58,000 lives in the UK.

According to the government release, the Moderna vaccine still needs to get approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The first immunisations using the BioNTech and Pfizer vaccine could take place from December 7, the FT said, citing unnamed sources.

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It added that New York-based Pfizer has designed suitcase-size boxes for dry ice to keep the vaccine cold instead of the more common larger, temperature-controlled containers to offer more flexibility and speed in distribution.

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Pfizer's distribution plan also includes refrigerated storage sites at the drugmaker's final-assembly centers in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Puurs, Belgium, and expanding storage capacity at distribution sites in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and in Karlsruhe, Germany, in addition to dozens of cargo flights and hundreds of truck trips each day. Whose efficacy to trust?

Pfizer and BioNTech just recently made an announcement that their vaccine is 95% effective following the US company Moderna's announcement that its vaccine (which is also an mRNA vaccine, which hasn't been used on people before) is 95% effective.

On 16 November, Moderna published initial data showing that its candidate is almost 95% effective in protecting against COVID-19, with no safety issues identified to date.

Pfizer and BioNTech also reported that their vaccine had no serious side-effects.

Total number of Moderna vaccine doses on request From the American pharmaceutical company Now seven million - enough for 3.5 million people in the UK. The Pfizer and BioNTech trials saw 42% of all participants come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and 41% aged between 56 and 85.

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