Offbeat EU hopes to deliver COVID vaccine opinion before Christmas

17:05  25 november  2020
17:05  25 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-VACCINES-EMA: EU hopes to deliver COVID vaccine opinion before Christmas


DUBLIN (Reuters) - European Medicines Agency (EMA) hopes to be able to issue favorable scientific opinion before Christmas on COVID-19 vaccine candidates which will have been submitted to it, its executive director said on Wednesday.

"If all goes well we very much hope to be able to have a positive opinion before Christmas", said Emer Cooke in an interview with Irish radio RTE.

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Cited by the Irish Independent on Tuesday, Emer Cooke said the EMA's goal was to give a favorable recommendation at the same time as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, it is counting on a decision in mid-December concerning Pfizer's experimental vaccine.

"What we are hearing right now are the results of clinical trials and they are very positive. But until we look at the raw data and are sure what is being displayed matches the in reality, we will not be able to recommend it for the general public in Europe, "said Emer Cooke.

"Let me say that an efficiency of 90% is very, very good for a vaccine, so the possibility that this will be confirmed in practice by what we will see in the file makes us very optimistic," he said. she added in response to a question about the test results of the three laboratories.

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