Pfizer says it should know if COVID-19 vaccine works by end of October

Pfizer says it should know if COVID-19 vaccine works by end of October


Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will likely know by the end of next month if its coronavirus vaccine is effective, CEO Albert Bourla said.

There’s a “more than 60 percent” chance that the drugmaker’s clinical research will produce results by the end of October showing whether or not the shot works, Bourla said in a Sunday TV interview.

Pfizer has already started producing the vaccine it’s developing with German biotech firm BioNTech even though there’s no guarantee that its Phase 3 study will be successful, according to Bourla, who said it’s a “likely scenario” that the US Food and Drug Administration will approve the shot by the end of 2020.

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“We have already manufactured hundreds of thousands of doses, so just in case we have a good study readout, conclusive, and FDA plus the advisory committee feels comfortable, that we will be ready,” Bourla told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” apparently referring to the FDA’s vaccine panel.

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