Coronavirus Notebook: Pfizer/BioNTech On Plans For EU Vaccine Rollout, COVAX Strikes New Deals
The latest round-up from the Pink Sheet of developments relating to COVID-19.
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The speed of the new messenger RNA platforms could once again come to the rescue, but fortunately the existing vaccines should remain effective against the emerging strain.
The first COVID-19 vaccine will shortly be available to the EU member states, after the European Commission today approved Pfizer/BioNTech's BNT162b2 just hours after the European Medicines Agency issued a positive opinion on the product. The EMA says that uncertainties remain over the ability of the vaccine to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and whether the new variant strain will render this and other vaccines less effective.
The EU pharmaceutical strategy published on 25 November will be the first step in a “complete overhaul” of the medicines legislative framework to be proposed in about two years’ time, says the European Commission.