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US approves Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine

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The US has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, a situation that now permits the rollout of the new mRNA coronavirus vaccine. President Donald Trump promised the first immunisations will now take place “in less than 24 hours”, hailing the development.

“Through our partnership with FedEx and UPS, we have already begun shipping the vaccine to every state and zip code in the country.”

President Trump also announced that governors in states around the US would decide who will go to the front of the queue to receive the new vaccine. The US is now the 6th country to approve the 2-dose vaccine schedule, following the lead of Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

The US hopes to vaccinate 20 million people before the end of the year. A second vaccine, developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, is currently awaiting approval but is expected within the next week.

The decision is a scientific milestone for the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German partner BioNTech, but also for the mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) technology the Covid-19 vaccine is based on. Traditional vaccine technology normally uses a weakened or inactivated form of disease-causing microbes. The new mRNA technology “delivers genetic instructions to human cells to make them express a surface protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19)”.

The vaccine approval coincides with soaring cases in the US with the grim milestone of 300,000 confirmed deaths now surpassed in the past 24 hours. In the past 24 hours 246,530 new cases were announced along with 3,016 deaths as a result of Covid-19 infection.

US approves Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine | News by Thaiger

The approval of the Pfizer vaccine followed a busy 24hours after it was widely reported that the White House threatened to fire the US FDA chief Stephen Hahn if he didn’t issue the approval before the weekend. Mr. Hahn disputed the reports but gave the final approval anyway.

The US now heads into a huge logistical operation shipping millions of doses to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and aged care facilities around the country.

FedEx, one of the logistics partners, are using special boxes to manage the vaccine’s cold storage requirement of -70 degrees C.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I can understand why the UK and now the US have approved the Pfizer vaccine since “they’ve met their primary goals: the analysis found the candidate to be 95 percent effective in preventing mild cases of COVID-19, and 94 percent effective in adults over 65 years old, with no serious safety concerns.”

    What I CAN’T understand, though, is why anyone would buy the vaccine apart from for political expediency, and even less why anyone would actually want to be vaccinated with it.

    Accordng to Pfizer (who should probably know), their vaccine’s 95 or 94% effective against MILD cases of Covid-19, but markedly less effective (apparently 90%) against SEVERE cases, and even less so (unclear, but “tapering off”) for those over 65.

    Meanwhile, Moderna’s vaccine is due to be reviewed for approval next week, and apart from being half the price of Pfizer’s it’s a fraction of the cost to distribute and, far more importantly, “data from its phase three study shows the vaccine is 94.1 percent effective in preventing mild cases of Covid-19, the primary target for the trial” and “the company also claimed that its vaccine is 100 percent effective at preventing severe cases of the disease, though this secondary analysis remains ongoing.”

    That’s similarly effective against MILD cases, and since doing nothing is widely accepted as being 80% effective (literally doing nothing, if 80% of cases are asymptomatic), that means it’s at least TWICE as effective against SEVERE cases as the Pfizer vaccine: not just halving them as the Pfizer vaccine does at best (up from 80% to 90%) but stopping ALL of them (from 80% to 100%).

    Given the alternative from Moderna in less than a week, and other alternatives including from AstraZeneca and quite possibly AstraZeneca with Gamaleya / Sputnik V, why does anyone want this vaccine?

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    Ian

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Do you make your comments because Thailand are at the back of the que for the vaccines and UK and America are at the front ,you really need to get outa Thailand for a while and see what the real world is like instead of filling thaiger with your self opiniated comments day after day it’s getting boring now issan John take a long holiday say mars lol

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    Erich

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Very useful information John. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 10:51 am

      It doesn’t affect me directly, Erich, as none are available here yet (or required yet, fortunately), but it looks as if there’ll be a choice elsewhere, in the West, very soon.

      Friends and family who are “vulnerable” to Covid-19 can
      now be vaccinated and they’re being pressured into taking the Pfizer vaccine without being told any of the probable limitations, or that alternatives will very soon be available which will probably be far more effective and offer far more protection.

      All that information’s readily available and very easily verified and confirmed, but none of it’s being passed on to those who need it most and should have it, and instead they’re pressured to take the Pfizer vaccine on the grounds that if they don’t take it now, when offered, they may be put at the back of the queue for any other vaccine later.

      Unacceptable, just so the numbers can be kept up and political points scored.

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    Johnny Dee

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Ian my friend you speak for 99.9% of the entire population ??.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Undoubtedly as well researched as the rest of your posts.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:08 am

    If you think the US and the UK are “the real world” and “at the front” of anything, then I’m hardly surprised you see a holiday on Mars as an attractive option.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Russian, Chinese supported vaccines are on the way. What could go wrong?
    I would not be in the same zip code of that vaccine. There’s are reason both countries are hacking any and all information about a vaccine. Both countries governments are an abomination.

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