BioNTech Says 'No Evidence' Its Jabs Need Adapting For COVID-19 Variants

11 Mai, 2021, 01:34 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • No evidence that Pfizer vaccine needs updating for variants says BioNTech

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in 12-15-year-olds on Monday and scheduled a meeting of its outside advisers for June 10 to discuss the potential use of Covid-19 vaccines in younger children.

"To date, there is no evidence that an adaptation of BioNTech's current Covid-19 vaccine against key identified emerging variants is necessary", the company said in a statement.

It is thought that the most vulnerable groups of people, including the elderly, will be offered another jab before next winter.

BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin had earlier expressed confidence it works against the coronavirus variant first detected in India, formally known as B.1.617.

In a call with investors announcing the company's first-quarter net profit of 1.13 billion euros ($1.37 billion), Sahin said BioNTech and its USA partner Pfizer had already delivered vaccines to more than 90 countries and more than doubled its forecast production capacity for the year.

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Monday's announcement comes just two days after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that the EU had agreed to purchase 1.8 billion additional doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer jab between 2021 and 2023.

BioNTech's statement on Monday followed studies last week showing the vaccine it produced with the United States-based Pfizer is highly effective at protecting recipients from the severe disease caused by two unsafe variants of the coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa respectively - B.1.1.7 and B.1.351.

The posting represents a massive turnaround for the Mainz-based company, which had previously focused on cancer treatment research and had net losses of €53 million in Q1 of 2020.

Early previous year as the pandemic began, BioNTech pivoted from researching treatments for cancer to developing a vaccine against COVID-19.

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