Germany to start COVID-19 vaccinations by mid-December

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Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines have already been shown to be effective, according to company data, and Gates said he expects AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax's vaccines to have similar success soon.

The two companies concluded the Phase 3 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate and announced that it met "all of the study's primary efficacy endpoints" and had a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 percent.

Pointing out that the urgency with which the vaccines had been developed must be matched with the urgency to distribute them fairly, he said, "Now the global community must set a new standard for access".

Brussels has already struck deals with AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sanofi-GSK, Johnson & Johnson and CureVac.

Since AstraZeneca, Galvez said, is selling its vaccine through a non-profit model, it is now the cheapest, at only $5 per dose.

An EU official involved in the talks told Reuters last week the EU was seeking a price below $25 per dose for Moderna's vaccine. "The real question is not whether the world can afford to share vaccines and other tools; it's whether it can afford not to", he said.

He noted they will distribute it through a "geographical scheme" wherein they will prioritize areas, which have large incidents of Covid-19 such as the National Capital Region [NCR], Davao, Cebu and Bacolod.

The GAVI vaccine alliance on Tuesday welcomed Astrazeneca's interim data on efficiency of its COVID-19 vaccine, calling it "positive news for the COVAX vision of equitable access" for vulnerable groups worldwide. China is still conducting clinical trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine candidates in order to test their efficacy and safety. 80 per cent of the private health facilities have also shared their data.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines herd immunity as a "concept of vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached". And so our make sure that we have a vaccine that was accessible everywhere, I think we've actually managed to do that'. Countries around the world are also apparently in a race to bring out the most affordable vaccine. "The scientific community has set a new standard for vaccine development", Tedros added.

The Minister also said that the assessment of the vaccine stores has been completed. The third vaccine is expected to receive approval within this year.



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