‘Hundreds of thousands’ of doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine have already been manufactured, it’s been revealed.
The Pfizer jab is being stock-piled en masse at the drug giant’s plant in Puurs, Belgium and could be put in for approval in the US in November, The Mail on Sunday reports.
It comes as the UK’s deputy chief medical officer said a different potential vaccine – produced by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca – could enter the third stage of clinical trials in December and be rolled out just after Christmas. Jonathan Van Tam reportedly told MPs this week: ‘we aren’t light years away from it.’
In news that will bring some hope to the millions around the world suffering from the impact of the pandemic, the two leading potential vaccines have apparently taken big steps forward recently.
Pfizer’s UK boss Ben Osborn told the Mail on Sunday: ‘It was great to see the first vial coming off the manufacturing line.
‘It just brought a tremendous smile to my face to see all of this work actually result in a product.’
Up to 100 million doses could be made available this year, of which 40 million will end up in the UK. The company is already planning to manufacture 1.3 billion jabs in 2021
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