In a good news, BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin on Wednesday (November 18) said that deliveries of coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech-Pfizer could come as early as Christmas this year, if ‘all goes well’.
“If all goes well I could imagine that we gain approval (from US FDA) in the second half of December and start deliveries before Christmas, but really only if all goes positively,” he told Reuters TV.
Sahin added that the US Food and Drug Administration could grant emergency-use of the vaccine in December and the EU will give conditional approval in the second half of December.
Sahin made the announcement hours after Pfizer said on Wednesday said that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate has shown 95 per cent efficacy in the late-stage trial.
According to Pfizer, the analysis of the data indicates a vaccine efficacy rate of 95% in participants without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (first primary objective) and also in participants with and without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (second primary objective), in each case measured from 7 days after the second dose.