As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause a havoc globally, with another wave of the COVID virus which is expected in Europe during Christmas at this time of the year, at least a total of 8 countries by now have begun the vaccine and have granted the approval for vaccinating their people and started the supply of vaccine against the virus.
On 18th Novemeber, the vaccine got developed by the US manufacturer Pfizer and with the German biotechnology company called as BioNTech. It became the first in the world to release a full late-stage trial data. Britain was the first one to approve the shot for the emergency use on 3rd December, after that Canada followed on 9th December and then the US Food and Drug Administration on 11th December. Apart the Pfizer, Moderna became a close second in many countries after it had released a full data analysis for a late-stage trial on 30th November showing a 94.1 per cent of efficacy rate for its vaccine.
After following a two-month-long review, Switzerland on 19th December , Saturday became the latest country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use of the country people.
The authority said in a statement that after a review, that they concluded that the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is safe and it can be used to be protected against the virus.
The United States on 18th December, Friday added a second Covid-19 vaccine to its place where the weapons were stored and kept and after FDA authorised an emergency rollout of the vaccine which was developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.
According to the Associated Press, the vaccine is very similar to one that was made from Pfizer Inc. and Germany’s BioNTech. The vaccine that’s now being given to millions of healthcare workers and nursing home residents as the biggest vaccination drive in US history starts up.
Compared to the Pfizer vaccine, the vaccine that was produced by Moderna’s is easier to handle because it need not to be stored at a ultra-freezing temperatures. This vaccine can be stored for up to six months at a temperature of -20 degrees Celsius, although it is expected to be stable for 30 days at normal fridge temperature which is of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Studies show that both the vaccines appear safe and strongly protective.
Malaysia on 19th December, Saturday said that it expects to receive the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine which is developed by Pfizer and BioNTech in the month of February.
In November, Malaysia had announced that it had agreed to buy around 12.8 million doses of the vaccine. Hence it become the first country in Southeast Asia to strike a deal with the US drugmakers. In the deal, Pfizer will deliver the first one million doses in the first quarter of the year 2021, with many millions doses which will follow up in subsequent quarters.
The Malaysian government also said that they are in conversations with other pharmaceutical companies to get more vaccines as early as possible.
On 8th December 2020, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to manage and give out Covid-19 vaccine to its public. The first person to get the vaccine was a 90-year-old Margaret Keenan.
According to the BBC, this was the first of 800,000 doses of the vaccine.
The island kingdom of Bahrain on 4th December became the second nation in the world to grant the permission for an emergency-use for the coronavirus vaccine. The country has even offered citizens the option to pre-register on the website in order to get the vaccine.
Canada administered its first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine on 14th December, in order to beat the virus. Five front-line workers who are in the district of Ontario were among the first Canadians to get the vaccine shot.
The Canadian government had recently done its contract. It would deliver up to 249,000 doses in the month of December itself.
Canada has ordered more doses than it is needed for Canadians but the government has plans to donate the excess supply to other impoverished countries.
On 18th December, Friday. Mexico became the fourth country to approve for the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The Mexican government has signed an agreement with Pfizer to get 34.4 million doses of its vaccine.
Russia and China
Russia and China have been treating with their vaccine their citizens for months with several different vaccines which are still undergoing late-stage trials.
According to a report which was published in the South China Morning Post, Chinese officials have been urged to complete the first 50 million doses by 15th January and the second by 5th February.