EXCLUSIVE: The picture the world has longed to see… Covid vaccines rolling off the production line in thousands of tiny bottles
- Pfizer is rattling off thousands of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in Belgium
- The drug is being stockpiled if the contents prove safe and are effective
- The US-based company can make 100 million doses available if allowed
Whizzing off the production line in thousands of tiny bottles – this is the vaccine that could end the Covid misery engulfing the planet.
Drug giant Pfizer has already manufactured ‘several hundred thousand doses’ of the jab at its plant in Puurs, Belgium, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. They are being stockpiled ready to be rolled out worldwide if clinical trials are a success, and regulators deem it safe and effective.
The US giant hopes to make 100 million doses available this year, of which 40 million are destined for the UK – a figure that will be dwarfed by the 1.3 billion jabs the company aims to manufacture in 2021. Every patient who receives the vaccine will need two doses.
Hundreds of thousands of doses of a possible Covid-19 vaccine have been prepared by a plant in Belgium
Pfizer’s UK boss Ben Osborn said: It was great to see the first vial coming off the manufacturing line. It just brought a tremendous smile to my face to see all of this work actually result in a product’
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday today, Pfizer UK boss Ben Osborn says: ‘It was great to see the first vial coming off the manufacturing line. It just brought a tremendous smile to my face to see all of this work actually result in a product.’
Pfizer, which is working with Germany’s BioNTech, is currently running a trial on 44,000 people, and last week said it plans to apply for emergency US approval of its vaccine in November. That puts Pfizer in pole position in the race to launch a Covid vaccine.
Separately, Osborn said Pfizer’s laboratory in Sandwich, Kent, has unearthed drugs that could provide a potential cure for Covid-19.