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Pfizer last week reported strong early results from final phase covid vaccine trial
Pfizer last week reported strong early results from final phase covid vaccine trial

Covid immunization: Pfizer to start pilot program in four US states

  • The pilot program for covid-19 immunization in four U.S. states is meant to help refine the plan for delivery and deployment of its vaccine candidate: Pfizer

US pharma company Pfizer Inc has said it would start a pilot program for COVID-19 immunization in four U.S. states to help refine the plan for delivery and deployment of its vaccine candidate.

The four states – Rhode Island, Texas, New Mexico, and Tennessee – were selected for the program because of their differences in overall size, diversity of populations and immunization infrastructure, the drugmaker said in a statement.

"The four states included in this pilot program will not receive vaccine doses earlier than other states by virtue of this pilot, nor will they receive any differential consideration," Pfizer said.

Global hopes of vanquishing the coronavirus pandemic were boosted Monday after a vaccine was found to be nearly 95 percent effective in a trial, bringing much-needed optimism amid surging infections and grueling new restrictions.

The news from the US biotech firm Moderna comes after similar results were announced last week for a vaccine candidate developed by pharma giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

Top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci hailed the results, saying that the data exceeded expectations.

Moderna, whose results stem from a clinical trial of more than 30,000 participants, expects to have approximately 20 million doses ready to ship in the United States by year-end.

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