The European Medicines Agency (EMA) plans to give its favorable opinion on a first vaccine against the new coronavirus “by the end of the year“For distribution”from January“, Said Saturday, November 14 its director.
«If the data is solid, we can give the green light to the first vaccine by the end of the year and start distribution from January.», Declared Guido Rasi, director of the EMA, in an interview published on Saturday in the Italian newspaper The sun 24 hours.
At least 500 million “necessary” doses in Europe
This body is responsible for authorizing and controlling medicinal products in the EU. The final green light, given by the European Commission, allows laboratories to market their medicine throughout the EU.
The EMA, which counts on “6 or 7“Different vaccines available in 2021, received on Friday”Pfizer’s first clinical data for its vaccineSays Guido Rasi. «We have received preclinical data from AstraZeneca, those from animal trials which are already being evaluated and finally we have had several discussions with Moderna», He enumerates. By putting a vaccine on the market in January, its first effects on the spread of the virus “will be visible in five to six months, mainly next summer», He explains. “Obviously, it will not be possible to vaccinate everyone, but we will start with the categories most at risk, such as the elderly and healthcare workers, which will start to block transmission bridges.», Notes the manager.
He judges that it is necessary to vaccinate “more than half“Of the European population for”be able to witness a decline in the pandemic“, Which will require”at least 500 million doses in Europe“. To vaccinate everyone, “it will take at least a year“And”if all goes well by the end of 2021 we will have sufficient immunization», Adds Guido Rasi.
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