COVID-19: WHO Chief Hails Pfizer Vaccine News As ‘Encouraging’

 COVID-19: WHO Chief Hails Pfizer Vaccine News As ‘Encouraging’

The Director of the World Health Organisation, WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has hailed Pfizer and BioNTech’s announcement that their vaccine has in trials proved 90-percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections.

The two Pharmaceutical Companies said the vaccine they have jointly developed had, during Phase 3 trials, provided protection to nearly all patients seven days after the second of two vaccine doses.

Also in his tweet, the WHO Director said it is “encouraging”; adding that the world is experiencing unprecedented scientific innovation and collaboration to end the pandemic

He said: “We welcome the encouraging vaccine news from @pfizer & @BioNTech_Group & salute all scientists & partners around who are developing new safe, efficacious tools to beat #COVID19.”

As of mid-October, the WHO has identified 42 “candidate vaccines” at the stage of clinical trials, up from 11 in mid-June; ten of them were at the most advanced phase 3 stage, in which a vaccine’s effectiveness is tested on a large scale, generally tens of thousands of people across several continents.

WHO Chief Scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said in a tweet on Monday, November 9, 2020, that the news from Pfizer and BioNTech should “encourage all developers of #COVID19 vaccines to continue with clinical trials”; adding that: “The world needs several safe, effective & affordable vaccines to end this pandemic”.

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