Following yesterday’s announcement by Pfizer and BioNtech – as it was confirmed that their COVID-19 Vaccine has been found to be 90% effective in preventing people from getting the virus, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Health Chris Fearne said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in Malta within days of its release.
Phase 3 of Pfizer’s trial, involved 43,538 participants, with 90% protected from COVID-19 within 28 days of having their jabs. Pfizer confirmed that only 94 people who took part in the trial developed COVID-19 and no serious safety concerns were reported.
Hon Fearne said that while yesterday’s development is indeed good news, he said that there are still some tests that need to be carried out to confirm the safety, the effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as any side effects.
The European Union is currently in talks with Pfizer and BioNTech to finalise a contract for 300 million doses of the vaccine.