Donald Trump loses…..
Joe Biden to step up dealing with the virus….
Pfizer and Moderna , who use the same methods in their vaccines, could the first to release effective vaccine against the Covid-19 virus ….
This cannot be too soon as the daily infection rates in America have climbed over 125,000 people….
The drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19, a promising development as the world has waited anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people.
Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with the German drugmaker BioNTech, released only sparse details from its clinical trial, based on the first formal review of the data by an outside panel of experts.
The company said that the analysis found that the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease among trial volunteers who had no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. If the results hold up, that level of protection would put it on par with highly effective childhood vaccines for diseases such as measles. No serious safety concerns have been observed, the company said.
Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of the two-dose vaccine later this month, after it has collected the recommended two months of safety data. By the end of the year it will have manufactured enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people, company executives have said.
“This is a historical moment,” Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, said in an interview. “This was a devastating situation, a pandemic, and we have embarked on a path and a goal that nobody ever has achieved — to come up with a vaccine within a year.”
Independent scientists have cautioned against hyping early results before long-term safety and efficacy data has been collected. And no one knows how long the vaccine’s protection might last. Still, the development makes Pfizer the first company to announce positive results from a late-stage vaccine trial, vaulting it to the front of a frenzied global race that began in January and has unfolded at record-breaking speed….
The American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the German biotech firm BioNTech reported on Monday in a press release that their joint Covid-19 vaccine candidate, BNT162b2, is more than 90 percent effective at preventing infection.
That’s great news. It brings the US — and the world — a step closer to another viable Covid-19 vaccine, which we urgently need to help contain and end the pandemic.
“Today is a great day for science and humanity,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in a statement. “The first set of results from our Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent Covid-19.”
The key words there are “initial evidence.” The announcement is by no means a final result, and the phase 3 clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine still need to be completed. That will likely take a few more months, and the subsequent findings could undermine the early results.
On the other hand, the recent announcement does hint that Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as some other manufacturers using the mRNA-based approach, are on the right track. That means that by next year, several vaccine candidates may begin distribution….