Britain expects to have 10 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s candidate COVID-19 vaccine available by the end of the year if regulators approve it, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday, following positive clinical trial results.
The spokesman said that Britain had now ordered 40 million doses of the candidate vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc PFE.N and BioNTech BNTX.O, enough to give protection to 20 million people.
Pfizer said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy and upended daily life.
“In total we have procured 40 million doses of the Pfizer candidate vaccine with 10 million of those doses being manufactured and available to the UK by the end of the year if the vaccine is approved by the regulators,” the spokesman said.
In all, the government has signed six supply deals for vaccine candidates, including Pfizer/BioNTech’s and one developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca AZN.L, which is also considered expected to post late-stage trial results this year.
“I can’t see any reason now why we shouldn’t have a handful of good vaccines available to this disease,” John Bell, regius professor of medicine at University of Oxford who sits on the UK government’s vaccine taskforce, told BBC Radio, adding that it augured well for Oxford’s own vaccine.
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