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Proposal for urgent approval of Pfizer vaccine – VnExpress


The Advisory Council for the issuance of a drug registration certificate has met and agreed to request the Ministry of Health to approve the Covid-19 vaccine of Pfizer/BioNTech.

Mr. Vu Tuan Cuong, Director of Drug Administration, Ministry of Health said as above, on June 8. Mr. Cuong also said that the Drug Administration is working for the advisory council to consider and propose approval for vaccines of companies such as Moderna, Johnson & Johnson…

Previously, the Ministry of Health negotiated and signed a vaccine purchase contract with Pfizer/BioNTech on May 20. The company expects to supply about 31 million doses in the third and fourth quarters, with 15.5 million doses per quarter. Currently, there is no information about the date of this vaccine in Vietnam.

BNT162b2 vaccine was developed by the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its partner, the German biotech company BioNTech, developed on mRNA technology. This technology brings the genetic information of nCoV into the body, does not cause disease, helps the immune system get used to and destroy pathogens.

This is the first vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use, in 2020. To date, 103 countries around the world are using the Pfizer vaccine.

Clinical trial evidence in people over 16 years of age shows that the vaccine is 95% effective. On April 2, Pfizer announced the results of a late-stage trial, showing that the vaccine was 95.3% effective, preventing even severe cases of nCoV infection. Immunity produced by the vaccine lasts for at least 6 months with two doses.

At the end of 2020, Pfizer announced a vaccine that costs $ 39 for a course of two injections, each dose is 21 days apart. By April, Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said the price of vaccines in rich countries such as the US and Europe could be higher, while poor countries could buy vaccines at the original price.

Vietnam has so far urgently approved three Covid-19 vaccines: AstraZeneca (UK), Sputnik V (Russia) and Sinopharm (China).

Vietnam started implementing a Covid-19 vaccination campaign from March 8, with AstraZeneca’s vaccine. As of 4 p.m. on June 7, a total of 1,340,098 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been injected. Of which, 38,166 people were injected with two doses.

Preparing for the injection of the Pfizer vaccine at the Rathenow Immunization Center, Germany, on April 14. Image:Reuters.

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