The company behind the “most advanced” coronavirus vaccine under development said it could produce 100 million doses by the end of the year and is a significant facility in Massachusetts with 1.3 billion by 2021.
“As long as we continue to fight the virus – against COVID-19 – a vaccine and a treatment may not come soon. Pfizer is developing one of the most advanced COVID-19 vaccines, ”Gov. Charlie Baker said during Pfizer’s tour of the Andover facility on Thursday.
Pfizer’s vaccine uses mRNA to give genetic instructions to cells – in this case the SARS COVI protein – which must then elicit an immune response, Dr. Pfizer’s vice president of worldwide research and development. Meg Ruesch explained on Thursday.
Research into Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine candidate began in March, she said.
“Our ability to produce mRNA with quality and speed in Pfizer endovers is due to the outstanding scientists, engineers and support staff that we have here. In the fight against this global epidemic, we really believe that science will win, ”said Reusch.
Messenger ribonucleic acid – or mRNA – vaccines are likely to be the first coronovirus treatments available because they are easier to test and deliver than traditional viral-based vaccines. According to the New York Times Coronavirus Tracker, they currently have become a popular choice among 27 different COVID-19 vaccine candidates worldwide.
If Pfizer is successful, it will bring the first mRNA vaccine to market, but first it requires approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The biggest test for the vaccine is still underway on Monday as the company launched the final phase of testing. In Phase 3 testing, the company intends to recruit 30,000 people at test sites throughout the United States and abroad – including some in Massachusetts, Baker said.
“We’re fortunate to have some of the best and brightest minds of research science and medicine in our backyard. The doctors and scientists are world-class, and here at Pfizer we see that every day before,” said Baker.
The governor said that Massachusetts had seen “good progress” in its fight against the coronovirus, but deceived people in recent times for being “reckless and gracious” when it comes to wearing masks and social disturbances, especially In private social gatherings.
Two outbreaks have recently been traced to backyard parties on Cape Cod, where, Baker said, masked revelers did not practice social distance.
Baker said, “The big issue is honest behavior … usually not socially distorted, no masks and in some cases how this virus works and how it lacks respect from one person to another.” Baker said.