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Unicef says drugmakers can produce unprecedented vaccine quantities for Covid-19

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Patty Aguilar | 04 September, 2020, 12:28

The scenarios offer details about distribution for two Covid-19 vaccines when supplies 'may be constrained'.

US drugmaker Pfizer PFE.N should know in October if a COVID-19 vaccine it is developing works, Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Thursday, potentially placing it at the centre of bitter USA presidential politics ahead of the November 3 election. In a letter, Redfield asked them to waive any requirements that might get in the way of distributing vaccines by November 1 - before Election Day - and weeks, if not months, before most experts expect any vaccine to be fully tested.

"Initially available COVID-19 vaccines will either be approved as licensed vaccines or authorized for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)".

Mitoha Ondo' O Ayekaba, vice minister for Health and Social Welfare, Equatorial Guinea, said that COVAX provides innovative financing options to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in Africa. And to those who may deem an ethical framework irrelevant because of the belief that many countries will pursue "vaccine nationalism", they argue such a framework still has broad relevance; it would be reasonable, they say, for countries to focus on vaccine distribution within their borders up until the rate of transmission is below 1, at which point there would not be sufficient vaccine-preventable harm to justify retaining a vaccine.

"We will never ourselves submit for authorization or approval any vaccine before we feel it is safe and effective", Bourla said.

"We must secure enough doses and give priority to the frontline health workers, the aged and people with underlying conditions in the continent", he added.

Rival Merck MRK.N also confirmed aims to start human trials on one COVID-19 vaccine candidate "fairly soon", with trials of second candidate also likely later this year, Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier said at the IFPMA event.

"Nobody involved in this process is ever going to compromise on making sure that a product someone puts in their body is safe and effective", Azar said.

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