Pfizer and BioNTech to Supply Canada with their BNT162 mRNA-Based Vaccine Candidate
Supply to be provided over the course of 2021, subject to Health Canada approval
Agreement is part of Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s global commitment to help address the pandemic
- Pfizer and BioNTech began a Phase 2b/3 safety and efficacy trial and remain on track to seek regulatory review as early as October 2020, and to manufacture globally up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021
KIRKLAND, Quebec and MAINZ, Germany, Aug. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pfizer Canada and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX, “BioNTech” or “the Company”) today announced an agreement with the Government of Canada to supply their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, subject to clinical success and Health Canada approval.
Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, but the terms were based on the timing of delivery and the volume of doses. As requested by the Government of Canada, deliveries of the vaccine candidate are planned for over the course of 2021.
“We continue to be committed to partnering with the Canadian government to help fight this pandemic and are pleased with their collaborative approach to addressing a national COVID-19 immunization strategy with public health officials,” said Cole C. Pinnow, President, Pfizer Canada. “With our combined efforts, we know there is no health challenge that we cannot address.”
“As the development of effective COVID-19 vaccines continues around the world, we commend the work of Pfizer and BioNTech, which will provide Canadians access to a vaccine candidate for the virus. This agreement is another critical step in our government’s efforts to keep Canadians safe and healthy as the pandemic continues to evolve,” said The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Government of Canada.
“In the face of this global health crisis, Pfizer’s purpose – breakthroughs that change patients’ lives – has taken on an even greater urgency,” said Albert Bourla, Chairman and CEO, Pfizer. “We’re harnessing our scientific expertise, and we’re marshaling our manufacturing resources in an effort to ensure that the vaccine would be available as soon as possible, if our clinical trials prove successful and regulatory approval is granted.”