Latest Updates on the Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

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The drugmaker Pfizer said it will not apply for emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate until at least the third week of November.

"A healthy young person might have to wait until 2022 to get a vaccine, but by that time hopefully we can stem the acute impacts, reduce mortality, protect those who are at highest risk".

More than 150 countries have joined the WHO's Covax initiative, a cooperative arrangement in which nations combine forces to invest in vaccine development and agree to allocate the first doses based on population and then by level of risk.

There are now no COVID-19 vaccines approved by USA regulators, although a handful are in late-stage trials to prove they are safe and effective. Three were in Moderna's trial, while the other two were in Pfizer's.

Each phase will be dependent on how many doses of the vaccine are available.

She also said that while she was optimistic that a vaccine for Covid-19 will be found, it was "very unlikely" to be a single jab, suggesting that revaccination probably every few years might be needed, the BBC reported on Friday.

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AstraZeneca Plc has said it could deliver as many as 300 million doses of its experimental vaccine in the United States as early as October but its USA trial has been on hold since September. That, according to the Pfizer CEO's letter, is now the gating step for the approval of a vaccine.

Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University, told TPM in an interview last month that the vaccine would not singlehandedly end the pandemic.

Pfizer/BioNTech said it may have data as early as October and Moderna says it could have similar evidence in November. The efficacy of any of the vaccine candidates in trials has yet to be determined. "North Dakota is ready to take action as soon as a safe and effective vaccine becomes available".

The researcher leading the trial, Robert Frenck, revealed this Tuesday in CNN what Pfizer plans to start testing its experimental vaccine in children from the age of 12 and that many parents have already shown interest in registering their children.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which authorizes pharmaceuticals for distribution in the United States - asked vaccine developers last week to spend two months monitoring for serious side effects after the second dose is given to trial participants.

Trials for a vaccine produced by AstraZeneca remain frozen by the Food and Drug Administration after a neurological issue was discovered in a trial participant in the UK.

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