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Pfizer may seek vaccine approval in late November

Pfizer may seek vaccine approval in late November”

Officials in Jiaxing city said yesterday (Oct 15) residents aged between 18 and 59 with "urgent needs" can seek consultations at clinics for a Sinovac Biotech vaccine that authorities have been giving to groups such as medical workers.

Health officials told a press conference last month that the country expects to be able to produce 610 million vaccine doses annually by year-end, stressing it would be affordable.

According to the report, the emergency vaccinations have officially kicked off in Yiwu, an internationally renowned manufacturing hub.

But with Moderna's mRNA vaccine slated to apply for an EUA in late November, and with Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca's adenovirus vaccine trials paused due to adverse events, the odds of a pre-election EUA approval are looking increasingly slim.

The syringes will be used by Covax, the worldwide coronavirus vaccine procurement, production and distribution pool created by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bourla noted that even if it demonstrates a robust safety profile, the vaccine candidate still has to meet additional milestones before an EUA application can be filed, including "the submission of manufacturing data that demonstrates the quality and consistency of the vaccine that will be produced".

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Swaminathan hoped there would be at least one effective vaccine by 2021 but it would be available only in "limited quantities".

The renewed timeline comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new requirement for companies to provide two months' worth of safety data on half of the trial participants following the final dose of any investigational COVID-19 vaccine.

In total, 11 vaccine candidates are in different stages of testing, Yang has been quoted by the official media earlier.

According to a report in the Mirror, Trump plans to secure a deal with developer AstraZeneca for the Covid-19 drug before the United Kingdom does. The news comes two weeks before the USA general election.

Two of these are in phase I trials, two are technology transfers and the remainder are at the discovery stage.



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