Pfizer releases COVID-19 vaccine trial protocol

Maia Anderson –
Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca are the furthest along in medical trials for their speculative vaccines. A spokesperson for AstraZeneca stated the drugmaker would likewise release its procedures shortly, according to the Times..

Both Pfizer and Moderna are trying to resolve growing concern that President Donald Trumps push to provide a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day could lead to an unsafe vaccine being distributed, the Times reported..

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Pfizer released the procedure for its phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial Sept. 17, quickly after Moderna did the very same, The New York Times reported..

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The protocol details how individuals are being picked for the trial, the conditions under which the trials could be stopped early and the evidence researchers will utilize to identify whether the vaccine is efficient and safe. Companies typically just share this info after trials are total, however in this case, Pfizer said “the need for transparency is clear,” according to the Times..

Eric Topol, MD, a clinical trial professional at Scripps Research in San Diego, informed the Times that he is concerned about some aspects of Pfizers protocol, consisting of that it allows mild cases to be counted and supplies too numerous opportunities to stop the trial early based upon a few cases..

Pfizers protocol does not appear to approximate when results might be available, but CEO Albert Bourla, PhD, has actually stated that the drugmaker might have a response as early as October..

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