Last week, the UK’s regulatory agency approved Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine (BNT162b2) for emergency use. Quietly, the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) also published priorities for populations to be vaccinated.
Like the United States, the UK is in a unique position. It will be among the first countries to roll out the highly effective Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. However, it will be unable to vaccinate its entire populace with the first, or even the entirety of its Pfizer/BioNTech supply agreement in 2020-2021. Eventually however, many months from now, with a combination of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and possibly other vaccines currently undergoing phase 3 trials, the USA and the UK will be able to vaccinate its entire population.
Vaccines against COVID-19 could be available as early as the end of this year, and Russia has already granted full regulatory approval to its vaccine candidate. inDemic.org tracks the clinical development, regulatory milestones, and manufacturing capacity associated with each of the most promising vaccines to show not only when vaccines could be approved but also when they could be rolled out for at-risk populations (e.g. healthcare workers) and the general public. Comments or questions regarding the Vaccines Timeline can be sent anytime to [email protected].