A pharmaceutical company looking to be the first to introduce billions of coronavirus shocks has posted a video of the vaccine being manufactured.
Pfizer plans to file for approval in the US next month – and could be ready to make the drug available by the end of the year.
It is said to have already produced “several hundred thousand cans” at a plant in Puurs, Belgium and believes it can end the Covid-19 nightmare.
It is planned to produce 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year – 40 million of which will be destined for the UK.
Ben Osborn, Head of Pfizer UK, said: “It was great to see the first vial come off the production line.
“It just put an amazing smile on my face to see that all of this work actually leads to a product,” he added the mail on Sunday.
Pfizer, who is developing the jab with German partner BioNTech, said it could confirm whether the vaccine will be effective this month – but it needs safety data from a clinical trial of 44,000 people.
On Friday, Albert Bourla, Chairman of the Board of Directors, wrote, “Let me be clear that assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for the use of an emergency permit soon after the US safety milestone is reached in the third week of November.”
Earlier this month, the FDA mandated vaccine manufacturers to collect safety data on half of the study participants for two months.
SAGE Advisor Professor Jeremy Farrar said today he believes a vaccine will be available in the first quarter of next year.
He told Sky’s Sophie Ridge, “I believe the vaccines will be available in the first quarter of next year. I believe that monoclonal antibodies to treat patients and save lives will be available in the coming months.
“In this context, I think that we now have to reduce the transmission and move back to the beginning of September as a country, not piece by piece, not in fragments across the country, but as a whole country.”
It comes after Professor Jonathan Van-Tam reportedly told MPs that a bump produced by Oxford University and drug giant AstraZenica could be rolled out by December.
According to The timeshe said to MPs: “We are not light years away from that. It is not an entirely unrealistic suggestion that we could have a vaccine soon after Christmas.
“That would have a significant impact on hospital admissions and deaths.”