Pfizer CEO says people should still follow COVID rules despite promising vaccine news: 'It is the final stretch'
'I believe that the good news of the vaccine, that it's coming, should not relax the caution that everybody is taking,' said Albert Bourla.
"We have operated at extraordinary speed in our clinical development program, from concept to regulatory filing, while always maintaining our focus on safety," he added.In a joint statement filed by both companies on Friday, BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said they plan for"rapid distribution" of the vaccine globally once it's been approved.
"Filing for Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. is a critical step in making our vaccine candidate available to the global population as quickly as possible," Sahin said."We intend to continue to work with regulatory agencies worldwide to enable the rapid distribution of our vaccine globally."
A stock image shows a vaccination being prepared against a background of an illustration of the coronavirus. Pfizer is due to apply to the FDA for an EUA.GettyApproximately 25 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine could be distributed by late December, 30 million in January, and 35 million in February and March, with two doses needed three weeks apart, according to information provided by the National Academy of Medicine this week.
The Infectious Disease Society of America, composed of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases, noted that, while the news of a vaccine coming so soon is promising, a review of the data is still necessary and safety measures shouldn't be overlooked.
"While encouraging data from the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial indicates the welcome possibility of a critical new tool against the pandemic, a comprehensive, transparent review of data, including evidence that the vaccine has been studied in diverse populations, remains essential to ensure its safety, effectiveness and acceptance," the IDSA said in a Friday statement.
"If emergency use authorization is granted, clinical trials and data collection must continue," the statement read."Measures that include wearing masks, frequent handwashing, maintaining physical distance and restricting the size of gatherings will remain crucial."
President-electJoe Bidenapplauded Pfizer's encouraging developments earlier this month, calling it"excellent news" and a"cause for hope" in Americans."America is still losing over 1,000 people a day from COVID-19, and that number is rising — and will continue to get worse unless we make progress on masking and other immediate actions," Biden wrote in a statement shared on November 9 following the initial announcement of a promising analysis of the vaccine."That is the reality for now, and for the next few months."
So when you translate the doublespeak, they’re literally telling you things won’t be back to normal even IF people take the vaccine. Gotcha. What do they promise? Drug dealers Highly doubtful this ends the virus reign. Too many Covid 'hot spots' and anti-vaxxers will be on the warpath--especially after losing the election‼️ 😷
We Chinese all know COVID-19 was intentional accidentally leaked on Sept 18, 2019 when CCP did a drill to plant & detect the virus at Wuhan airport. The virus was made in a PLA lab - The other side of the pandemic the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know.