US companies Pfizer and Moderna hope to obtain authorization to launch their covid-19 vaccines by the end of November in the United States, the AFP agency said on Friday.
If they reach this goal, it will mean a record in vaccine development, nine months after the first death from the new coronavirus in that country, reports the agency.
The eventual appearance of vaccines against covid-19 before 2021 will not, however, be enough to contain the pandemic, which continues to affect the United States on a large scale.
The official number of infections in the United States this Friday exceeded eight million, a number considered to be below reality, since studies of antibodies reveal that about 10% of the population of that country has already been infected, which corresponds to about 30 million .
US President Donald Trump was waiting for a vaccine even before the November 3 presidential election, but the pharmaceutical industry agreed to wait a few more weeks, at the request of health officials, to detect possible serious side effects among the dozens. thousands of participants in clinical trials.
The CEO of Pfizer, who is a partner at the German company BioNTech, Albert Bourla, announced today that he is awaiting proof of effectiveness by the end of October, but that he waits until the third week of November to deliver the case to the North American drug agency. (FDA, in English) to request an emergency authorization, “assuming the data is positive”.
The modern biotechnology company points to ‘batteries’ for November 25th.
It remains to be seen how long it will take FDA experts to study all the data and whether to give the green light to its use.
The Government is already preparing for the huge logistics that will be necessary, with the aim of starting the distribution of the first doses within 24 hours from any authorization.
Government program officials Warp Speed today announced a partnership with giant pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens to administer vaccines in 50,000 nursing homes across the country.
For the director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, Americans should not expect an immediate return to ‘normality’ and he recalled that everything will depend on the effectiveness of vaccines and their acceptance by the population.
“We may not be able to find crowded cinemas or stadiums full of spectators for months and months in 2021, if not later,” he stressed today, during an interview with Johns Hopkins University.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than one million and ninety-nine thousand deaths and almost 39 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (217,717) and also with the most confirmed cases of infection (more than 7.9 million).