Pfizer, BioNTech to supply Canada with COVID-19 vaccine

Marco Green
August 7, 2020

Operation Warp Speed is the government's program to speed up the delivery of millions of doses of a safe and effective vaccine by the end of 2020.

He said the committee had focused on doubling the availability of vaccines and therapies as they were crucial in accelerating the national recovery process.

The company is seen as a leader in COVID-19 vaccine research, entering its third phase of clinical trials late July.

Both vaccines are messenger ribonucleic acid or mRNA vaccines, which essentially trick the body into making spike proteins, similar to the spike proteins that allow COVID-19 to infect cells. The company on Tuesday said it could start a high-stakes Phase III trial, involving many more participants, as soon as next month.

Dr. Howard Markel, medical historian at the University of MI joined Stateside to talk about the history of vaccine development and what a coronavirus vaccine will and won't mean when it's finally ready.

However, the team could not fulfill Jokowi's request, as the clinical trials for the possible vaccine entailed a string of stringent protocols that would otherwise take years to complete under normal circumstances.

Taxpayers are paying for 100% of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine development.

That was almost twice as much as the $19.50-per-dose price Pfizer and partner BioNTech have agreed to offer the USA government for 100 million doses of their rival mRNA vaccine.

"We give them two shots". Once the health crisis is contained, the price will come in line with those of commercial vaccines, he said. "With this contract we will get it very quickly", Strupler said.

Things are moving much faster with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said on an earnings call that the company is charging between $32 and $37 per dose for some deals.

The US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer agreed last month to supply doses for 60 million people in Japan if it succeeds in developing a vaccine. The company also uses the Amazon Redshift data warehouse service to aggregate the results of its experiments to aid in its vaccine designs.

He also applauded the government for getting eggs in more than one basket, because he said there could be unexpected issues that prevent a vaccine from being successful.

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