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Pfizer to seek vaccine approval in November

The firm is conducting final phase-three trials of a vaccine it is co-developing with German partner BioNTech.

The website said on Monday that 481,613 people had taken the vaccine while an additional 93,653 had applied to be inoculated, according to the report. Trials for a vaccine produced by AstraZeneca remain frozen by the Food and Drug Administration after a neurological issue was discovered in a trial participant in the UK.

Without further data on how effective the vaccine is and how long immunity from it may last, it's also hard to know what impact any of the shots now in phase III trials will have on controlling the pandemic. There are now no COVID-19 vaccines approved by USA regulators, although a handful are in late-stage trials to prove they are safe and effective.

Bourla noted, "The timelines above reflect our best estimates of when these important milestones could be achieved". The subject expert committee said the sample size of Phase II study was too small for granting market authorisation and asked the company to submit a protocol for Phase III trials. "It has said that it may have interim data on its 30,000 person trial as soon as November", as reported by Reuters.

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Golikova told Putin that post-registration trials of EpiVacCorona will involve 40,000 volunteers across Russian Federation. Hundreds of thousands of people have been given experimental vaccines in late-stage trials as part of an emergency inoculation programme launched in July. Even if that were so, a pre-election vaccine would mean the Food and Drug Administration would have to give an nearly immediate thumbs-up.

The coronavirus vaccine will be free for all Americans, but initially the COVID-19 vaccine will likely be available to higher-risk groups, such as health care workers, essential workers, the elderly, and those with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

As per RDIF, it will supply 100 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine to India drug company Dr Reddy's Lab.

The letter was welcomed by Eric Topol, a physician-scientist at Scripps Research Translational Institute who joined other experts in sending a letter to Bourla in late September, asking the company not to seek authorization for a vaccine before late November.



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