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WHO chief warns against pinning all hope on Covid-19 vaccine

November 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against pinning all hope on a Covid-19 vaccine, saying people need to remain vigilant and take precautions against coronavirus.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against pinning all hope on a Covid-19 vaccine, saying people need to remain vigilant and take precautions against coronavirus.

Pfizer said Monday that its vaccine candidate was more than 90% effective, according to early results -- news which was met with relief globally.

The US Food and Drug Administration might not complete its review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine until Christmas, according to the head of the federal network coordinating Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials.

The drug giant says it could apply to the FDA for emergency use authorization soon after safety data on the vaccine is gathered next week.

Dr. Larry Corey, who runs the Covid-19 Prevention Network, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, said he thought it would then take several weeks for the FDA to finish reviewing the vaccine’s safety and efficacy data, as well as information about its manufacturing.

Alex Azar, the secretary of Health and Human Services, has said the process of getting FDA authorization will take several weeks, while Dr. Anthony Fauci says vaccinations will likely start a bit before Christmas.

Fauci told CNN on Tuesday that the US "likely will be able to start dispensing vaccines in December. ”

Azar said Monday that the process of getting authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine would be “in the several week time period. ” 

The mayor said that 817 new infections had been reported and 94 people had been hospitalized with Covid-19 on Wednesday.

Dimas Covas, director of Brazil's Butantan biomedical institute, said Tuesday that the event was not related to the trial of the Chinese developed vaccine.

On Wednesday, Sinovac said in a statement: "We have learned that Anvisa failed to receive the data sent by Butantan Institute in time, and it urgently suspended the clinical study on November 9. "

At least five Covid-19 outbreaks in New Jersey are linked to Halloween parties, the US state's Department of Health spokeswoman Donna Leusner told CNN.

Leusner said the outbreaks include 70 cases from Halloween parties and other gatherings among students, quoting New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

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