“If the data is robust, we can give the green light to the first vaccine between now and the end of the year and distribution will begin in January “, declared Guido Rasi, director of the EMA, in an interview published on Saturday in the Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore.
This body’s mission is to authorize and control medicines in the European Union. The European Commission is in charge of giving the final light that allows laboratories to market their medicine throughout the block.
The EMA, which is committed to “6 or 7” different vaccines in 2021, received on Friday “the first clinical data from Pfizer for your vaccine“explains Guido Rasi.” We have received the preclinical data from AstraZeneca, the data from the animal trials that are already being evaluated and finally we have had several discussions with Moderna, “he explains.
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If a vaccine is released in January, its first effects on the spread of the virus “They will be visible in five or six months, essentially next summer,” need.
“It is clear that it will not be possible to vaccinate everyone, but we will begin with the most exposed categories, such as the elderly and health workers, which will begin to block the transmission bridges,” says the official.
This considers that it is necessary to vaccinate “more than half” of the European population to “be able to attend a decline in the pandemic“, which will require” at least 500 million doses in Europe. “
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“It will take at least a year” to vaccinate everyone and “if all goes well by the end of 2021, we will have sufficient immunization”, Guido Rasi advances.
However, Brexit could put a stick in the wheel to the manufacture and distribution of the covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer, since there is the possibility that there may be effects on the supply of raw materials for the vaccine and for the distribution of the same vaccine due to customs changes at the border.
More than 1.3 million people have died in the world from the new coronavirus, that does not give truce in the United States, where the city of New York was preparing this Saturday to close schools, while a reconfined Europe sees a slight improvement in the pandemic.