Yesterday, the German company Biontech announced that it is heading to manufacture 2.5 billion doses of its vaccine against “Covid-19” this year with its American partner, Pfizer, an increase of 25% from what was previously expected, while world leaders called for a new global treaty. To prevent and combat pandemics.
In a statement, the company stated that increasing production would allow it to “meet the high demand”, while countries of the world rush to contain variants of the most contagious Corona virus.
“Biontech” announced in its statement that “the increase is driven by improved production processes, and the recent start of production at Biontek’s Marburg facility in Germany, which is now one of the largest factories for this vaccine in the world.”
The first batch of doses produced in Marburg will be delivered in the first half of April, according to the statement. Biontech expects to produce 250 million doses in the first half of 2021.
The vaccine is produced at a Pfizer facility in Belgium, and three other facilities in the United States.
“Biontech” said that improving efficacy and concluding new cooperation agreements with external partners contributed to raising the target number of vaccine doses, as well as the approval of the regulatory authority to produce packages of six doses instead of five.
The Pfizer-Biontech vaccine uses messenger DNA technology, and it is the first to be used in the West last year, as part of a response to the Coronavirus.
And «Biontech» announced that it had delivered more than 200 million doses to “more than 65 countries and territories” by March 23, noting that vaccination with Pfizer – Biontech requires two doses.
“We are currently witnessing the first indicators related to the vaccine in terms of a decline in (Covid-19) infections and the death rate in a number of countries,” said Ujur Shaheen, CEO and co-founder of Biontech.
He continued, “We will continue to focus on modernization in the field of (Covid-19) by developing new formulations and addressing mutations.”
And last week, the European Medicines Agency gave the green light to store the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine in regular fridges for short periods, making it easier to handle the complex logistics of supply chains.
In its statement issued yesterday, Biontec announced that it achieved net profits of 15.2 million euros in 2020, compared to losses of 179 million euros in 2019.
On the other hand, 25 world leaders threw their weight regarding a proposal by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on developing a new international treaty to prepare for epidemics, in the wake of the crisis left by the emerging coronavirus pandemic. The participating leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, signed an opinion piece, along with Michel and WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“There will be pandemics and other major health emergencies, and it is not possible for any government or multilateral agency to deal with this danger alone,” said the opinion piece, which was published yesterday in newspapers all over the world.
The article presented the case for a new agreement embedded in the WHO constitution that would improve global pandemic preparedness and capacity to cope with them.
Michel said in a virtual press conference with Ghebreyesus, yesterday, that the treaty will provide a framework for international cooperation, with the aim of exchanging information immediately at the onset of potential epidemics, and directing global resources for research purposes into potential treatments and vaccines.
For his part, Ghebreyesus said: “Now is the time to act. We must not let the memories of this crisis fade away, and return to work as usual. ”
Michel had proposed the idea for the first time last November, but it is now gaining popular support from heads of state or government from Indonesia, Kenya, Costa Rica, Tunisia, South Korea, and other countries.
The treaty they envision aims at more cooperation in health care systems, establishing warning systems in case of danger, and better distribution of drugs, protective equipment and vaccines during future epidemics.
The Kuwaiti “nation” approves laws to alleviate the consequences of “Corona”
The Kuwaiti National Assembly approved laws guaranteeing bank loans to companies that were affected by the “Covid-19” epidemic, after the government was sworn in yesterday, but it refused to pardon those accused of storming Parliament in 2011.
Dozens of demonstrators and members of the council gathered in front of parliament, in a sign of continuing tensions, after a months-long confrontation between the elected council and the appointed prime minister.
Only 33 of the 50 members attended the session, but this was the number required for a quorum to be attained.
The parliament said that in its first session since the Emir of the country, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, suspended it for a month, the parliament approved a bill to cancel pretrial detention in freedom of expression cases, and referred it to the government for approval.
In addition to approving draft laws to guarantee domestic bank loans to small and medium-sized companies affected by the pandemic, the council approved a law to delay repayment of loans to citizens for a period of six months.
However, Parliament rejected “in principle” proposals for an amnesty law that include amnesty for those accused of storming the parliament, including former parliamentarians now living abroad. Kuwait – Reuters
Bashar Al-Assad and his wife recover from “Covid-19”
Yesterday, the Syrian presidency said that President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma recovered from “Covid-19”, and they had negative tests.
And after the end of the quarantine period, the disappearance of the symptoms of infection with the (Covid-19) virus, and the emergence of negative values of the (PCR) swab that was conducted for them … President Bashar Al-Assad and Mrs. Asma Al-Assad return from today to start their work normally. .
The presidency had stated that the results of the tests for al-Assad and his wife, who announced that she had recovered from breast cancer in 2019, came out positive for the Corona virus on the eighth of March. A member of the Syrian Advisory Committee to Combat Coronavirus told «Reuters», last week, with the start of the vaccination campaign in the country, that Syria had witnessed an increase in cases of «Covid-19» since mid-February. Damascus – Reuters
– «Pfizer – Biontech» adopts messenger DNA technology, the first to be approved for use in the West last year.
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