Both Pfizer and Moderna, two pharmaceutical companies tasked with providing a vaccine for COVID-19 have reported that their results are more than 90% effective.
Pfizer shared their news on November 18, saying that their vaccine had a success rate of 95% and that they were looking to clear it soon. As documented by the Seattle Times, Pfizer, along with their partner, BioNTech, are currently prepping to formally ask the U.S. if the vaccine can begin being used immediately.
“No hospitalizations or severe cases were reported in study participants. [We] will now immediately prepare regulatory submission of the data to authorities around the world that have a framework in place for conditional or early approval,” Moderna’s study noted. “The Company will seek an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization for an accelerated pathway to vaccine availability in low-income countries.”
The groups that are first in line to receive the vaccine are health care workers, first responders and essential workers. If all goes as planned, with the Food and Drug Administration still needing to debate results, Pfizer’s vaccine could be rolled out as early as December.
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