Pfizer vaccine is not a slam dunk, warns UK prime minister

Pfizer vaccine is not a slam dunk, warns UK prime minister


Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a virtual press conference on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday. Tolga Akmen / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images

The groundbreaking Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine was greeted with caution by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said it was “good news” but warned that it was not a “slam dunk”.

Albert Bourla, Pfizer PFE, President and CEO at + 8.35%, said that “today is a great day for science and humanity”, announcing the first interim results of vaccine trials at large-scale vaccine from New York-based Pfizer and its partner BioNTech BNTX, + 14.49% 22UA, + 15.45%, headquartered in Mainz, Germany.

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Johnson, one of the first world leaders to comment at length on the breakthrough, said: “Is this good news? Sure, that’s good news, but there’s a long way to go, I’m afraid, before this stuff is perfect.

Speaking at a routine press conference, he added: “I just don’t want to let people run away with the idea that this development, today, is necessarily a home run, a slam. dunk, a shot from the back of the net yet.

“This is obviously very, very good news, but there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome before we can be sure how effective this vaccine is and how exactly it will work.

“What I can say is that if and when this vaccine is approved, we in this country will be ready to start using it. Earlier this year, the UK government ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. ”

In July, the United States placed an order for 100 million doses subject to approval or authorization for emergency use of the vaccine.

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UK Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam was more optimistic: “This is really a very important scientific breakthrough. I’m sure. He went so far as to suggest that “we could start seeing vaccines by Christmas.”

The country has also ordered more than 300 million doses of five other candidate vaccines.

The Prime Minister reiterated his congratulations to President-elect Biden and his deputy, Senator Kamala Harris, and said the UK has always had a close relationship with the White House.

“I have no doubt that we will continue to have a very, very strong and very close relationship with our American friends, and one thing that is very exciting that you are already seeing from the new administration is their willingness to join. the UK in the campaign to tackle climate change. “

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Asked if he had spoken to President Donald Trump and advised him to throw in the towel rather than continue to claim that he would become the legitimate winner in the November 3 election, Johnson said: ‘I does not wish to comment further on the US elections. It is not for me to comment on this. Obviously, I want to congratulate President-elect Biden. “

Check out the BBC footage of Johnson answering this question:

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