Washington.— Two American companies hope to apply for emergency approval for their Covid-19 vaccines in late November, good news for the United States at a time when it is seeing further improvement in cases, totaling more than 8 million infections.
Pfizer said it hopes to step up its antidote after the safety data becomes available in the third week of November, a few weeks after the presidential election.
The announcement means the country could have two vaccines ready by the end of the year, with the addition of one from the modern Massachusetts-based biotech company, whose target is Nov. 25 to apply for authorization.
“Assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for the use of emergency authorization in the United States shortly after the safety milestone is reached in the third week of November,” the company’s president and CEO Albert Bourla said in a letter. . Open. The news impacted the company’s shares, which rose 2% after the announcement in the country.
In this regard, experts warn that even when these vaccines are approved, it will take several months for them to become widely available.
In any case, they are unlikely to be a good substitute for mask use, social detachment, and other behaviors recommended to contain transmission.
“We may not be able to see full movie theaters or stadiums again for many months until 2021 or later,” explained Anthony Fauci, director of the US Institute of Infectious Diseases, during an interview with Johns Hopkins University.
The government, however, is already preparing the immense logistics chain that will be necessary to begin distributing the first doses within 24 hours after any authorization.
Those responsible for the government operation Warp Speed announced this Friday a collaboration with the main pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens to administer vaccines in the 50,000 nursing homes in the country.
US President Donald Trump promised to “protect” the elderly from the pandemic during the second consecutive day of campaigning in Florida, this time in the cities of Fort Myers and Ocala.
“As an older adult, I will protect them,” said the Republican inside the Caloosa Sound Amphitheater and Convention Center, where he was accompanied by the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.
“The elderly will be the first in line to receive the vaccine and we will soon end the pandemic,” Trump assured his followers before leaving for Georgia.
After the fall in infections during the summer, the country reached a critical point in its coronavirus outbreak towards the second week of September, with a new daily average of more than 50,000, according to the latest figures, and the upward trajectory.
With more than 8 million confirmed infections and more than 217,000 deaths, the United States is the worst affected country in the world.
The numbers indicate that the country has never been closer to returning to the levels of the first wave in the spring, so the peak of those days can be considered a third increase.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed that the most recent trials have yielded “unmistakable evidence” that remdesivir, the remedy President Trump used when contracting the coronavirus, has little or no effect on cases. severe Covid -19. .
The agency also said that many European cities are experiencing significant increases in the number of patients seen in the intensive care units (ICUs) of their hospitals, which may reach the limit in the coming weeks.
In Belgium, a curfew was announced between midnight and 5 a.m., and the closure of cafes and restaurants for a month in an attempt to contain the worsening of cases.