MO Gov. Parson hopeful homegrown Pfizer vaccine will help state fight pandemic

Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 11:25:36-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was joined by a representative from Pfizer during his weekly briefing on Thursday for an update on the company's COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor is hopeful the Pfizer vaccine, which is in development in Chesterfield, Missouri, will help Missouri fight the pandemic and touted how he's proud the vaccine is homegrown.

Dr. Christine Smith with Pfizer shared her hopes for the vaccine's success.

“The results are very encouraging,” she said. “[The vaccine is] found to be more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants having no evidence of SARS-COV2 infection.“

The results at this point come from an external independent data monitoring agency.

Pfizer must reach 164 confirmed COVID-19 cases in their trial, the number agreed upon with the FDA, before completing the trial.

Smith expects emergency use authorization from the FDA and distribution of the vaccine by the end of the year.

“Science is winning,” she finished.

The vaccine was the talk of the nation when Pfizer announced its apparent success earlier this week. Kansas City-area doctors agreed the vaccine looks promising.