“Our plan is to be able to transport the vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours of approval. I therefore hope it starts on the second day after approval, that is, 11 or 12 December,” said Moncef Slaoui in statements to CNN.
This high profile added that, once this massive vaccination campaign was launched, the country is expected to achieve “collective immunity” in May.
“Usually, with the level of effectiveness that we have (95%), the fact that we immunize almost 70% of the population will allow us to have collective immunity. According to our studies, it should happen in May,” he said.
For Moncef Slaoui, the success of the campaign is also dependent on the social factor, since there is a suspicion about the vaccine.
“I hope it will lower the negative perception of the vaccine and increase acceptance levels. It will be essential to help us,” he said.
Ten months after being able to isolate and sequence the new coronavirus, pharmaceutical group Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday asked the United States Medicines Agency to authorize their vaccine against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
This request was expected several days ago, since the result of the clinical trial carried out since July in more than 44,000 volunteers in several countries had been published, according to which the vaccine would be 95% effective in preventing covid-19, without effects secondary.
The United States agency announced that the vaccine advisory committee meeting to review the request is due to take place on December 10.
The opinion of this committee is advisory. The decision whether or not to authorize the vaccine will be in the hands of scientists at the United States Medicines Agency. If there is a ‘green light’, the vaccine can be taken in the first half of December.
The government, still led by Donald Trump, is planning to vaccinate 20 million people at risk in December and thereafter 25 to 30 million per month.
The United States is the country most affected by the disease in absolute terms. They surpassed the mark of 12 million cases and register more than 255,000 deaths.
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