WHO receives data from the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine





 




 


WHO receives data from the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

Thursday, December 3rd 2020 – 09:14 UTC


Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergency expert, welcomed the news, adding: “We shouldn’t stop, we need more than 3-4 vaccines. We need to increase production”

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it had received data from Pfizer and BioNTech on the Covid-19 vaccine and was reviewing it for “possible listing for emergency use”, a benchmark for countries to authorize national use.

Referring to Britain’s regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, it said in a statement, “WHO is also in discussions with MHRA on the possibility of accessing some of the information from their assessment, which could expedite WHO’s emergency listing”.

Britain approved Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the United States and Europe to become the West’s first country to formally endorse a shot it said should reach the most vulnerable people early next week.

Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergency expert, welcomed the news, adding: “We shouldn’t stop, we need more than 3-4 vaccines. We need to increase production, we need to pull the price down,” he told a social media event. “We need a one-dose vaccine.”

 




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