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Maine Submits Plan For Distributing Eventual COVID-19 Vaccine

Maine Submits Plan For Distributing Eventual COVID-19 Vaccine”

The researcher leading the trial, Robert Frenck, revealed this Tuesday in CNN what Pfizer plans to start testing its experimental vaccine in children from the age of 12 and that many parents have already shown interest in registering their children.

She also said that while she was optimistic that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be found, it was "very unlikely" to be a single jab, suggesting that revaccination probably every few years might be needed, the BBC reported on Friday.

Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine candidate, BNT162b2, is now being evaluated in a global Phase 3 study ongoing at more than 120 clinical sites worldwide including the United States, Brazil, South Africa and Argentina.

In addition to safety and efficacy, the FDA will also examine Pfizer's manufacturing operations for the vaccine.

Even if a vaccine emerges by year's end, only limited doses will be available right away.

The announcement means the United States could have two vaccines ready by the end of the year, with the Massachussetts biotech firm Moderna aiming for Nov 25 to seek authorisation.

"Viral vector" varieties use other forms of live virus to deliver DNA into human cells, triggering an immune response. Trials of two candidate vaccines - made by Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly - were "paused" recently over safety concerns.

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"The COVID-19 vaccine is imperative to fully reopening Kentucky's economy and helping with the return to what feels 'normal:' Traditional classroom education, full-capacity business operations, social activities, and more", Cabinet Secretary Eric Friedlander said.

But that is not necessarily bad news, said Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Companies backed by their governments in China, Russia and the USA are racing to be the first across the finish line. "Our partners are continuing to prepare for the day when a safe and effective vaccine is available so we can distribute it equitably and efficiently".

But there were few takers outside of Russian Federation, and experts dismissed the announcement as premature.

"So let me be clear, assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for Emergency Authorization Use in the US soon after the safety milestone is achieved in the third week of November", Mr. Bourla wrote in an open letter. Haydock said the absolute earliest approval could be in mid-November and would most likely be Pfizer's vaccine.

Maine's system for distributing an eventual COVID-19 vaccine will prioritize racial equity and protecting health care workers and the elderly, according to a plan the state submitted to the federal government on Friday.

"Before approval, all vaccines in the European Union (EU) are evaluated against the same high standards as any other medicine", the EMA said in a statement.



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