Pfizer prioritises collaboration in five-point Covid-19 battle plan

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As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, Pfizer has committed to “unprecedented collaboration” in a five-point plan to combat Covid-19.

“Many companies, including Pfizer, are working to develop antiviral therapies to help infected patients fight this emerging virus as well as new vaccines to prevent infection and halt the further spread of this disease,” said Chairman and CEO, Dr. Albert Bourla, in a statement.

“Pfizer is working to advance our own potential antiviral therapies and is engaged with BioNTech on a potential mRNA coronavirus vaccine.

“We are committed to work as one team across the industry to harness our scientific expertise, technical skills and manufacturing capabilities to combat this evolving crisis.”

The company has made five promises that, it says, will help scientists more rapidly bring forward therapies and vaccines to protect humankind from this escalating pandemic and prepare the industry to better respond to future global health crises.

  1. Sharing tools and insights

With very little known about this virus, many are working to develop cell-based assays, viral screening, serological assays, and translational models to test potential therapies and vaccines.

Pfizer is committed to making the vital tools it develops available on an open source platform to the broader scientific community and to sharing the data and learnings gained with other companies in real time to rapidly advance therapies and vaccines to patients.

  1. Marshalling our people

Pfizer has created a SWAT team of its virologists, biologists, chemists, clinicians, epidemiologists, vaccine experts, pharmaceutical scientists and other key experts to focus solely on addressing this pandemic.

This team is applying their passion, commitment and expertise to a single focus of accelerating the discovery and development process that will deliver therapies and vaccines to patients as soon as possible.

  1. Applying our drug development expertise

Many smaller biotech companies are screening compounds or existing therapies for activity against the virus causing Covid-19, but some lack the experience in late stage development and navigating the complex regulatory systems. Pfizer is committed to sharing its clinical development and regulatory expertise to support the most promising candidates these companies bring forward.

  1. Offering our manufacturing capabilities

Once a therapy or vaccine is approved it will need to be rapidly scaled and deployed around the world to put an end to this pandemic. As one of the largest manufacturers of vaccines and therapeutics, Pfizer is committed to using any excess manufacturing capacity and to potentially shifting production to support others in rapidly getting these life-saving breakthroughs into the hands of patients as quickly as possible.

  1. Improving future rapid response

Finally, to address future global health threats, Pfizer is reaching out to federal agencies including NIH, NIAID and CDC to build a cross-industry rapid response team of scientists, clinicians and technicians able to move into action immediately when future epidemics surface.

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