Pfizer to supply 40M COVID-19 shots for poor countries

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 23, 2021

"The clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of anaphylaxis case reports after receipt of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are similar to those reported after receipt of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine", the CDC said.

Earlier this week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized drugmakers for seeking profits from the pandemic and mostly supplying wealthy countries.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they would also help health systems handle the vaccine, which requires ultracold storage.

The announcement came one day after the USA announced it was recommitting to the WHO after former President Donald Trump said it was leaving the United Nations global health agency.

The US' leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci also said the US would sign up for COVAX.

Additionally, COVAX announced that, pending World Health Organization emergency use listings, almost 150 million doses of the UK-Swedish AstraZeneca/Oxford candidate are anticipated to be available in the first quarter of 2021, via existing agreements with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and AstraZeneca.

The deaths after receiving the vaccine "are in line with the expected, all-cause mortality rates and causes of death in the sub-population of frail, elderly individuals, and the available information does not confirm a contributory role for the vaccine in the reported fatal events", the statement by the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety said on Friday.

"But we can only end the pandemic anywhere if we end it everywhere".

"We know sometimes with some other vaccines that if there is a little bit of a longer interval between first and second dose, that the overall long-lasting immunize response can sometimes be better with a little bit of a longer interval", she said.

"I need to be blunt: the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure - and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries", he said.

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