70% of Covid-19 cases, deaths reported in 10 countries

70% of Covid-19 cases, deaths reported in 10 countries

Four vaccine candidates in China are waiting for authorization from health authorities, she said, adding that another one from Russian Federation is awaiting the same regulatory approval.

He said that 193 candidate vaccines are now under trial, 42 of which are in advanced stages, with 10 others already in Phase 3 efficacy trials in which scientists give the vaccine to thousands of people and wait to see how many become infected, compared with volunteers who received a placebo.

The EMA accepted BNT162b2 for rolling review on the strength of the preclinical and early clinical data on the vaccine.

The European Medicines Agency, or EMA, said it will commence a second "rolling review" of data on a COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by German biotech firm BioNTech (BNTX) and US pharma giant Pfizer (PFE). All the available data on the safety of the vaccine as well as on its quality (such as its ingredients and the way it is produced) will also be reviewed.

"This procedure speeds up the process of deciding whether to authorise medicinal products", Swissmedic said, noting that it could scientifically assess non-clinical data from laboratory tests while clinical tests continue. "The documentation must demonstrate how safe and effective the vaccine is in protecting humans against the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus", wrote the Swiss drug authority.

"Numbers can blind us to the reality that every single life lost is someone who loved and was loved by others-someone's mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son", says Ghebreyesus.

Brazil's Paraná and Bahia states, which have testing and production or distribution agreements for the Russian vaccine, have not yet filed requests for clinical trials in Brazil, a spokeswoman for Anvisa said. More than 28,000 of them have recently received their second shot, the statement said.

AstraZeneca, which developed the vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford, submitted its application to Swissmedic at the start of this month.

Then came pressure from the Malaysian Medical Association and some health-related organisations on the federal government before September 18, the deadline for Malaysia to join the global Covax Covid-19 vaccine access plan (The Covax Facility) and commit financially before October 9.

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