Almost 16 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date in 37 countries worldwide according to data compiled by Bloomberg ( updated 7 Jan 2021).
The UK was the first country to approve use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine with the first dose administered on December 8, 2020 and further doses rolled out to people over 80 years old and healthcare workers over subsequent weeks. The UK has also approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine with the first dose administered 7 Jan 2021.
The FDA has approved use of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Vaccination of healthcare workers began in the US on December 14, 2020. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.48 million doses have been administered so far.
The EU’s EMA approved the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine on December, 21, 2020 and approved the Moderna vaccine on January 6, 2021. There has been some criticism of the EU’s approach to the roll-out of the vaccine with frustrations over low supply and the EMA’s longer approval process. However, the EU Commission has countered criticismssaying that six contracts have already been signed to secure 2 billion doses.
Tuesday 1 December marked World AIDS Day 2020. Although throughout this year our focus has been on the coronavirus pandemic, World AIDS Day is an opportunity to reflect on another pandemic where a virus passed from animals to humans with devastating consequences. To date 77 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV. In spite of innovative new treatments 35 million people have died from the virus.
If you missed the live webinar “Where in the world should I locate my pivotal clinical trial?” you can now watch the recording by clicking here. The webinar hosted by the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) and Workforce Genetics features Cromos Pharma's CEO Vlad Bogin, M.D, FACP.