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Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine deliveries could begin before Christmas

Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine deliveries could begin before Christmas”

That means 35 million people could receive them by the end of 2020.

US company Moderna, which is using similar technology to Pfizer, has also announced promising early results for its vaccine candidate, though that testing is ongoing.

For its trial, Moderna named five severe side effects experienced by at least 2% of those who received its shot: fatigue at 9.7%, muscle pain at 8.9%, joint pain at 5.2%, headache at 4.5%, pain at 4.1% and redness around the injection site at 2%.

Pfizer Inc PFE.N and BioNTech 22UAy.DE could get emergency USA and European approval for their COVID-19 vaccine in December after final trial results showed a resounding 95 per cent success rate without serious side effects, the drugmakers said on Wednesday, according to news agency Reuters.

"Of course there are a number of steps to go through before we actually get to the point of distribution including the regulatory review with Health Canada to ensure the safety of both vaccines", said federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu.

They plan to submit data to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) within days, a Pfizer spokesperson confirmed.

The efficacy of the vaccine was found to be consistent across different ages and ethnicities - a promising sign. Older patients had fewer and milder side-effects.

The government announcement comes in the wake of USA pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech intending to submit their candidate vaccine for approval for emergency use in the US on Friday.

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Tyrrell says the virus is more risky than any side-effects you may endure from the vaccine, encouraging all Albertan's to take it, when its readily available.

"We continue to move at the speed of science to compile all the data collected thus far and share with regulators around the world", said Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and Chief Executive.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they expect to produce 50 million doses this year and 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.

Both vaccines use mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) technology to deliver genetic material to the body that makes human cells create a protein from the virus.

Pfizer and BioNTech added that there were no serious safety concerns.

The biggest difference between the two vaccines is how they are stored.

Pfizer said it has developed specially designed shipping containers that use dry ice to keep the temperature around -70 C. The containers can also be used as storage for 15 days, if the dry ice is refreshed.

On the other hand, the Pfizer-BioNTech doses are much smaller - 30 micrograms to Moderna-NIH's 100 micrograms - probably lowering production costs per dose.



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