09.Nov .2020 19:00

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective - Pfizer

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective - Pfizer
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Pfizer Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy, and upended daily life – Reuters reported.
 
According to Reuters, Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE are the first drugmakers to release successful data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine. The companies said they have so far found no serious safety concerns and expect to seek U.S. authorization this month for emergency use of the vaccine, and if authorized, the number of doses will initially be limited and many questions remain, including how long the vaccine will provide protection;
 
However, the news provides hope that other COVID-19 vaccines in development may also prove effective. Pfizer expects to seek broad U.S. authorization for emergency use of the vaccine for people aged 16 to 85. To do so, it will need two months of safety data from about half the study’s 44,000 participants, which is expected late this month. Pfizer and BioNTech have a $1.95 billion contract with the U.S. government to deliver 100 million vaccine doses beginning this year. They have also reached supply agreements with the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.