Pfizer has released footage of a potential Pfizer coronavirus vaccine being launched from the production line – as the drug giant aims to have 100 million doses ready by the end of the year.
The Manhattan-based company told the Mail on Sunday that it had already taken “several hundred thousand doses” of the drug as it prepared to seek emergency use in the United States by November.
The British head of the company, Ben Osborne, also told the newspaper that scientists from the main British laboratory have also found drugs that could provide a potential complete cure for Covid-19, as opposed to just a preventive vaccine.
Osborne said the company was producing huge stocks of its current vaccine candidate in Belgium “at risk and scale”
“The hope here is that we’ve essentially invented a drug that destroys the virus and ultimately prevents the patient’s condition from deteriorating,” he told the Mail’s financial website. “It’s money.”
“It was great to see the first vial come out of the production line. It just brought a huge smile to my face when I saw that all this work actually led to a product, ”he said.
But “we can go as fast as science allows,” he said.
Pfizer expects to know if the vaccine works or not by the end of this month, but the company still has to prove that the shot is safe and can be produced properly to look for the so-called Emergency use, CEO Albert Burla said on Friday.
If he is safe, he expects his company to seek emergency use in the United States in the third week of November.
“We are working at the speed of science,” he said.