Meanwhile, another company reported good results from clinical trials of its vaccine.
U.S. authorities are preparing to begin vaccinations against the new coronavirus by mid-December, while another pharmaceutical company reported promising vaccine trial results on Monday..
The head of the campaign to prepare for vaccination on Sunday said that health-care workers and representatives of high-risk groups can begin to vaccinate as soon as a day or two after registration of the vaccine.
Dr. Moncef Sloughi, chief scientific advisor to Operation Supersonic, said the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech could receive approval from the US regulatory authorities on December 11..
“Within 24 hours of registration, the vaccine will be delivered to where the states want doses of the vaccine,” Sloughie said in an interview with NBC..
Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Is 95 Percent Effective.
Moderna plans to apply for registration of its vaccine in December.
Meanwhile, UK-based AstraZeneca on Monday said its vaccine was 90 percent effective in late-phase clinical trials with no major side effects. This vaccine is believed to be cheaper to manufacture and easier to transport than competing vaccines.
AstraZeneca says it will have produced up to 200 million doses by the end of 2020, and another 700 million doses may be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in the United States has exceeded 12 million, and the number of deaths – 255,000. The number of hospitalizations in the past two weeks has increased by almost 50 percent.
State and municipal governments across the country are reintroducing restrictive measures as the incidence rises..
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this month, announced new restrictions on casinos, restaurants and bars on Sunday, and tightened mask-wearing rules..
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