Pfizer expects to supply security information and file for authorization of the Covid-19 vaccine it’s creating with German associate BioNTech in late November, delaying any readability on the vaccine till after the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election.
The regulatory submitting for the vaccine may come as quickly as security information is obtainable within the third week of November, Pfizer mentioned, lifting the corporate’s shares and the broader U.S. inventory market.
The timeline now permits for doable U.S. authorization of a coronavirus vaccine this yr, a key step in controlling a pandemic that has killed greater than one million and ravaged the worldwide financial system.
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has mentioned it desires not less than two months of security information earlier than authorizing emergency use of any experimental coronavirus vaccine.
Pfizer’s Chief Govt Officer Albert Bourla famous in a letter posted on its web site that the submitting relied on a number of components, together with information on effectiveness that will or might not be accessible by late October.
Based mostly on present trial enrollment and dosing tempo, Pfizer expects to have the protection information within the third week of November, Bourla mentioned.
A submitting for emergency use authorization with the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration may come ‘quickly after’ that information is prepared, Bourla mentioned.
Bourla mentioned information on the vaccine’s effectiveness might come earlier or later primarily based on whether or not the late-stage trial of the vaccine had amassed sufficient sufferers with COVID-19 to match its effectiveness versus a placebo.
Pfizer had mentioned beforehand that it anticipated late-stage trial information in October.
BioNTech was not instantly accessible for remark.
Pfizer’s shares rose 1% earlier than market buying and selling, whereas BioNTech’s U.S-listed shares have been up 2.4% earlier than the opening bell.