They were hoping for 60%, so this is extra-welcome news:
Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, hailing the development as “a great day for science and humanity.”
“I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla told CNBC’s Meg Tirell on “Squawk Box.” “I believe this is likely the most significant medical advance in the last 100 years, if you count the impact this will have in public health, global economy.”
Okay, that’s hyperbole – the most significant medical advance in the last hundred years was the elimination of smallpox and/or the invention of penicillin – but when you’re on the verge of bringing out an effective pandemic vaccine within two weeks you get to peacock a little. They’re still waiting to see if 50% of the folks that took it are OK two months after taking it before they ask the FDA to expedite distribution, but things are looking good. The phrase ‘yeoman effort’ is even appropriate here.
For that matter: kudos to the government, from President Trump on down, for their work helping to get multiple vaccines up and well on the way to release. This is not an easy virus to vaccinate against (there’s still a real chance that Pfizer’s vaccine will not make it past the last safety checkpoint, in fact). But we are in a remarkably good place right now – and, as I understand it, cracking the code on this virus will pay dividends when it comes to other diseases. Well done.