Oct. 27 (UPI) — A late-stage human scientific trial for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is near full enrollment, the drugmaker introduced Tuesday.

Pfizer stated it has to this point enrolled greater than 42,000 members, about 36,000 of whom have already obtained a second dose of the BNT162 “messenger RNA”-based vaccine.

Pfizer is partnered with German drugmaker BioNTech to develop the candidate, certainly one of a number of in growth worldwide to succeed in ultimate, third-stage trials.

Final month, Pfizer and BioNTech expanded goal enrollment to 44,000, up from 30,000 members. The transfer, Pfizer stated, “permits the businesses to additional enhance trial inhabitants range,” together with these with power ailments together with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis B or C.

Moderna introduced final week that it has reached full enrollment of 30,000 in its late-stage trial for a vaccine.

The businesses obtained permission this month from the Meals and Drug Administration to enroll adolescents as younger as 12 in the trial. Per week in the past, they stated a vaccine will not be out there till the center of November, on the soonest.

Pfizer and BioNTech held exploratory talks with the European Union final month for a proposed provide of 200 million doses of BNT162 to member states, with an choice for an extra 100 million doses. If the vaccine is in the end accepted, deliveries may start by the top of the yr.

Pfizer stated final month scientists ought to know someday in October whether or not the vaccine candidate works.

The businesses even have distribution agreements with Canada and Japan.

Pfizer’s BNT162 candidate is certainly one of a variety of potential vaccines in growth worldwide. Click on right here for our COVID-19 vaccine tracker.

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