The Greek President contacted the CEO of Pfizer by phone and congratulated him on the seemingly rapid development of the vaccine against COVID-19.
Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, expressed his hope to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou that the vaccine would be available in a few weeks.
For her part, Sakellaropoulou pointed out that everyone's wishes are for the vaccine to contribute to the effective treatment of the pandemic.
On Monday, Pfizer announced its experimental vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data from a large study, a major victory in the fight against the pandemic.
Greek-born Pfizer Chairman and CEOAlbert Bourla stated that “today is a great day for science and humanity” and he is “very happy.”
“But at the same time, sometimes I have tears in my eyes when I realise that this is the end of nine months, day-and-night work of so many people and how many people, billions, invested hopes on this… I never thought it would be 90%,” he added.
“We’re in a position potentially to be able to offer some hope,” Dr. Bill Gruber, Pfizer’s senior vice president of clinical development, toldThe Associated Press. “We’re very encouraged.”
The analysis was conducted after 94 participants in the trial developed Covid-19, and looked at how many of them received the vaccine and how many received a placebo that looked the same as the vaccine but had no effect. The patients didn’t know which they were receiving.
The study found that participants who received the 2-dose vaccine were protected against the virus 28 days after the initiation of the vaccination.