Health Care

BioNTech founders warn of COVID-19 vaccine supply gaps

BioNTech founders warn of COVID-19 vaccine supply gaps”

British health officials will now allow people to mix COVID-19 vaccines as the pandemic rages on - but experts warn it could be risky.

"This option is preferred if the individual is likely to be at immediate high risk or is considered unlikely to attend again", it added.

Every country that has a drug regulatory agency will have to issue its own approval for any Covid-19 vaccine, but countries with weak systems usually rely on World Health Organization to vet the shots.

The vaccine was first approved in the United Kingdom on December 8 for emergency use within the country, with the US, Canada and European Union following soon after. According to Britain's new guidance, "every effort should be made" to complete a dosing regimen with the same shot first used.

But when "the same vaccine is not available, or if the first product received is unknown, it is reasonable to offer one dose of the locally available product" the second time around.

The vaccine requires storage using an ultra-cold chain; it needs to be stored at -60°C to -90°C degrees.

"We are testing whether our vaccine can also neutralise this variant, and will soon know more", he said.

More news: Larry King, talk show host legend, in hospital with COVID-19

The Oxford vaccine uses standard vaccine technology, by introducing the coronavirus gene into human cells to make the unique Covid-19 spike protein which the immune system builds up a response to if the real virus enters the body. This could delay the administration of the second dose up to 12 weeks, as per the NYT report.

BioNTech hopes to launch a new production line in Marburg, Germany, in February that could produce 250 million doses in the first half of the year, said Sahin.

Britain also sparked a controversy earlier this week with its decision to front load to deliver first doses to as many people as possible. The vaccine is also under policy review.

The UK's four main healthcare officers warned "vaccine lack is a truth that simply can not be wished away" as they defended a shift to prioritise to start with doses for as numerous folks as attainable this 7 days.

Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at Public Health England (PHE), said on Saturday (2) that it is not recommended to mix different vaccines against Kovid-19, and that the first option should always be the same vaccine dose.

"The second vaccine dose is likely to be very important for duration of protection, and at an appropriate dose interval may further increase vaccine efficacy", the CMOs said.

Matthew W., 45, a nurse at two different local hospitals, said in a Facebook post on December 18 that he had received the Pfizer vaccine, telling the ABC News affiliate that his arm was sore for a day but that he had suffered no other side-effects.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


03 January 2021
Umesh Yadav ruled out of Test series
It will depend on how he grabs the opportunity (if it comes)", said Vasu while speaking with Indian Express. Meanwhile, for Shami, India already has Navdeep Saini in the squad but could add another medium of backup.

03 January 2021
India cricketers isolated after apparent quarantine breach
BCCI and Cricket Australia raised their eyebrows after this statement. Now these five players of team India are being isolated. The four-match Test series is now level at 1-1.

03 January 2021
Cleveland Browns close facility after more positive COVID-19 tests
The Browns (10-5) can reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) on Sunday. The Cleveland Browns placed tight end Harrison Bryant and safeties Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

03 January 2021
Oxford vaccine 'marks milestone in virus battle', says NHS chief
The central government plans to innoculate almost 30 crore people in the first phase which will last almost eight months. This vaccine has been developed by AstraZeneca and will be produced here by Serum Institute of India (SII).

03 January 2021
Australian state tightens restrictions, makes masks mandatory as cluster grows
Breaches on the order can result in a $200 on-the-spot fine, but a grace period will be in effect until Monday. Australia has reported more than 28,450 Covid-19 cases and 909 deaths since the pandemic began.

03 January 2021
Over 1.4bn voice and video calls made on New Years eve
We had posted messages on Facebook and Twitter and appealed the people not to drink and drive and not step outside unnecessarily. All the challans under drunken driving were issued after medically examining the offenders, police said.

03 January 2021
French police shut down party defying COVID rules
The prefecture said the first revellers began leaving Saturday morning without further intervention from the police. Alexis, a 22-year-old baker, said "at one point you say to yourself: "I am going to force my New Year".

02 January 2021
UK Plans To Delay 2nd Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine; Here's Why
Pfizer and BioNTech's messenger RNA vaccine was found to be 95 percent effective after two doses 21 days apart. The country has issued an emergency green light to two vaccines, developed by Pfizer and AstraZeneca .

02 January 2021
Beijing reports five locally transmitted Covid-19 cases
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 19 from eight a day earlier. Authorities reportedly advised the public to always wear their masks if they wished to stay in the area.

02 January 2021
Alexander Wang faces sexual assault allegations
Wang's accusers, who have mostly concealed their identities, went public with the allegations on social media on Monday (28Dec20). The model went on to describe the incident as "really f**ked up", saying he then had to "slowly move away" from the designer.