Bahrain becomes second nation to grant emergency use for Pfizer, BioNTech vaccine

Saturday, 05 Dec, 2020

Moderna announced Thursday it expected to have at least 85 million doses available on the US market by the first quarter of 2021.

Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine BNT162b2 received emergency use approval from United Kingdom health authorities, making the island the first country for large-scale vaccine distribution and a testbed for cold chain distribution.

Non-EU Norway will get access to some of the vaccines obtained by the European Union thanks to Sweden, an EU member that will buy more than it needs and sell them to Norway, right after New Year.

Based on current projections, Pfizer says that it expects to produce up to 50 million vaccine doses globally in 2020, and is confident in supplying approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021.

The swift pace of development for the vaccine has posed manufacturing and logistics challenges, with the companies still working on the research needed to show at what temperatures the shots can be stored and shipped. "I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way".

Asked about whether the 800,000 doses the United Kingdom is expecting in the coming days will arrive by next week, Mr Sharma told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We will have - I'm absolutely confident - that we will have 800,000 doses available at the point next week when we start the vaccination programme".

Dr Fauci told CBS News that Britain "kind of ran around the corner of the marathon and joined it in the last mile" adding: "They really rushed through that approval".

"We've been absolutely clear on the safety of the vaccine given the rigorous standards it has gone through as part of the MHRA process", the spokesman told reporters.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said nursing home residents, along with front-line health care workers, will get the first doses in his state.

Openshaw also defended the MHRA's approval for the vaccine: "It's quite clear this has been very, very carefully scrutinised and I have no concerns about it".

The U.K. has received an initial batch of 800,000 vaccine doses, Hopson said via Twitter, making it "one of the first countries in the world to be able to start mass COVID-19 vaccination". Vulnerable people who live together and those who care for them, including nursing home and assisted facility residents and staff, will be next. People will be sent appointments with details of the location where they will receive the vaccination, dependent on where they are on the schedule and risk. "But then, if at all it has to be obtained, we are examining what we need to do.and will work out a strategy", he had said.

On Thursday, he said: "The UK has made a decision to do it a little bit differently".