COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-coV-2 has affected millions of people worldwide. There has been a dire need for COVID-19 Vaccine and the good news is coming regarding COVID-19 vaccine as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a detailed analysis on Tuesday that the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech is safe and effective. The most common side effect or symptom experienced by people who received the vaccine was pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site (generally the arm). That was followed by short-term fatigue, headache, and muscle pain. Serious reactions were rare.

Pfizer COVID Vaccine

This announcement was ahead of a Thursday meeting of whether to grant the vaccine an emergency use authorization (EUA) or not. Earlier On Dec 2, 2020 Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the U.K. has granted a temporary authorization for the emergency use of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, against COVID-19. Pregnant women and under-16s were not included in the studied, and so the vaccine will not yet be approved for these groups.

BioNTech partnered with Pfizer

In March 2020, the German company BioNTech partnered with Pfizer to develop and test a coronavirus vaccine known as BNT162b2. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two injections, given 21 days apart, to prime the immune system well enough to fight off the coronavirus. As Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is mRNA vaccine, it generates proteins in the living cells which are the spike proteins and are sensitive to immune cells and the body to develop immunity. As the vaccine is new, researchers don’t know how long its protection might last.

According to The New York Times, in January 2020 BioNTech begins work on a vaccine after Dr. Ugur Sahin, one of the company’s founders, becomes convinced that the coronavirus will spread from China into a pandemic. Preliminary data indicates the Pfizer vaccine is over 90 percent effective, with no serious side effects. Final data from the trial shows the efficacy rate is 95 percent. Margaret Keenan and William Shakespeare are among the first people to receive jabs of the vaccine in Britain. According to BBC Ms. Keenan said

“My aidvce to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it. If I can have it at 90, then you can have it too!”

This is great news and development in the healthcare industry and hopefully, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will end this pandemic in near future!