EU Secures Deal to Double Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Supply

Grant Boone
January 13, 2021

The European Union to date has authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and is expected to clear the Moderna vaccine this week.

"EMA's human medicines committee (CHMP) has recommended updating the product information for Comirnaty to clarify that each vial contains six doses of the vaccine", EMA said.

The FDA warned that there was a "potential for harm" if people believed they were protected against Covid-19 by a first dose of Pfizer's vaccine for longer than available data demonstrate.

Reuters had reported on Wednesday that the regulator was close to approving such a move. Earlier, it had chose to make 100 million doses.

The EU has also approved a shot from US-firm Moderna Inc., but is still awaiting the delivery of the first of its 160 million doses.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, among others, have warned of emerging pandemic-related fraud schemes, saying false cures and vaccines advertised on fake websites could pose cyber threats and a significant risk to peoples' health, or even lives.

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The EU agency gave the green light to use the Moderna vaccine on people age 18 year and above. The U.S. gave it the green light for emergency use in people over 18 years on December 18, followed by Canada five days later with an interim authorization also for people over 18.

"Patients should never try to secure a vaccine online - no legitimate vaccine is sold online - and only get vaccinated at certified vaccination centers or by certified healthcare providers", a Pfizer spokesman said in a statement.

COVID-19 vaccine scams are on the rise, according to European and US government officials who are warning the public of fraudsters out for money and personal data.

United Kingdom health regulators may grant emergency use authorization to Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Friday, making it the third vaccine to receive approval in the country, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company said it is "continuing to invest and add staff to build up to potentially 1 billion doses for 2021". Now the good news is that we have agreed with BioNTech-Pfizer to extend the contract.

The decision clears the way for a second vaccine option after the Pfizer-BioNTech jab in an inoculation campaign that has been assailed by critics as lagging far behind those of its neighbours.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that approval of the Moderna vaccine "is another important step in the fight against the pandemic".

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