Pfizer ready to send out doses of vaccine within hours of emergency approval
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech will seek emergency authorization for their coronavirus vaccine.
The company announced in its final analysis of the vaccine that it’s 95% effective, safe, and protected older people most at risk of dying of the virus.
According to Pfizer, so far, fatigue has been the only side effect reported seen in fewer than 4% of trial volunteers after the second dose.
One of the downsides to the vaccine is that the temperature to store it needs to be at around -70 degrees for long term storage.
The U.S. Government says they’re working with Pfizer in an effort called “Operation Warp Speed” to transport the vaccine to warehouses that have refrigeration and room to store and help distribute millions on a weekly basis.
“The way that the industry stepped up to this challenge and collaborated together to find, to bring an end to this pandemic,” Albert Bourla, Chief Executive of Pfizer said. “And the fact that the eight, nine months after the start of this project, we have a readiness to manufacture and get approved for vaccines of this efficacy, definitely it is something that will redefine the industry. ”
The Chief Executive of Pfizer says they’re ready to send out doses to countries in a couple of hours of getting that approval.
“Already we are making it. Actually, I have to tell you that we have already produced more than 20 million doses in our warehouses and to continue as we speak, producing more and more,” Bourla said. “This is why we said that by the end of the year, which is in how many, five weeks we expect to have 50 million doses that we can distribute to the world. And I think that we will be able to do it and eventually will be able to do the 1.3 billion doses that we promised or we expect to produce next year.”
If the vaccine gets the green light, Pfizer has already picked Rhode Island and three other states for a pilot vaccine delivery program.
In the pilot program, Pfizer will work with the four states on how to roll out distribution of the vaccine.
In her press conference Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo said there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and she’s excited for Rhode Island to be a part of that program.