Pfizer has released footage of a potential Pfizer coronavirus vaccine rolling off 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 prepares to seek emergency use in the United States by November.
The head of the company in the UK, Ben Osborn, also told the paper that scientists in his main UK laboratory have also unearthed drugs that could provide a potential complete cure for Covid-19, instead of just a preventative vaccine.
Osborn said the company is producing the huge stockpile of its current candidate vaccine in Belgium “at risk and on a large scale”
“The hope here is that we essentially invent a drug that destroys the virus and ultimately prevents it from worsening a patient’s condition,” he told Mail’s financial site, This is Money.
“It was great to see the first vial roll off the production line. It made me smile just to see that all this work translates into a product, “he said.
But “we can only go as fast as science allows us,” he stressed.
Pfizer expects to know whether or not the vaccine is working by the end of this month, but the company has yet to prove the injection is safe and can be produced properly to apply for a so-called emergency use authorization, it said Friday. the CEO Albert Bourla.
If he is sure, he expects his company to seek emergency use in the United States in the third week of November.
“We are operating at the speed of science,” he said.