How Pfizer and BioNTech made history with their vaccine
Wondering how Pfizer and partner BioNTech developed a COVID-19 vaccine in record time without compromising safety? Dr Bill Gruber, SVP of Pfizer Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, explains the process from start to finish.
“I told my team, at first we were inspired by hope and now we’re inspired by reality,” Dr Gruber said. “If you bring critical science together, talented team members together, government, academia, industry, public health officials—you can achieve what was previously the unachievable.”
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent COVID-19 for use in individuals 12 years of age and older. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the emergency declaration unless ended sooner. See Fact Sheet: cvdvaccine-us.com/recipients.
BILL GRUBER: Dr. Bill Gruber is senior vice president of Pfizer Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, and is responsible for global clinical development of vaccines. Dr. Gruber was previously an associate professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and also served as the director of the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Dr. Gruber received his bachelor degree in mathematical sciences from Rice University, Houston, Texas, and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases and has authored or co-authored 140 original research articles and numerous invited articles and book chapters.
TRANSCRIPT: DR. BILL GRUBER: Historically, vaccines have been one of the most important medical intervention for public health. Diseases like smallpox that used to have a 30% mortality rate, that are completely wiped from the face of the Earth. When it looked like there was the potential for us to engage in moving forward a COVID-19 vaccine, there was the daunting challenge to do something that had never been done before. And that was to try to get a vaccine out within less than a year. That, I can tell you, is unprecedented in history.