Follow-Up Data from Phase 3 Trial Of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Support Safety and High Efficacy in Adolescents 12 Through 15 Years of Age
NEW YORK and MAINZ, GERMANY, November 22, 2021 — Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced topline results from a longer-term analysis of the safety and efficacy of their COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 12 through 15 years of age. The updated findings from the companies’ pivotal Phase 3 trial show that a two-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (30-µg per dose) was 100% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through over four months after the second dose.
The adverse event profile was generally consistent with other clinical safety data for the vaccine, with no serious safety concerns observed in individuals with at least 6 months of safety follow-up after the second dose.
“As the global health community works to increase the number of vaccinated people around the world, these additional data provide further confidence in our vaccine’s safety and effectiveness profile in adolescents. This is especially important as we see rates of COVID-19 climbing in this age group in some regions, while vaccine uptake has slowed,” said Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer. “We look forward to sharing these data with the FDA and other regulators.”
“These are the first and only disclosed longer-term data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 12 to 15 years of age,” said Ugur Sahin, CEO and Co-founder of BioNTech. “The growing body of data we have compiled from clinical trials and real-world surveillance to date strengthen the base of evidence supporting the strong efficacy and favorable safety profile of our COVID-19 vaccine across adolescent and adult populations.”
These longer-term follow-up data will form the basis for a planned supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) to be submitted to the FDA to expand approval of the vaccine for use in individuals 12 years and older. The vaccine is currently available for individuals 12 to 15 years of age under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), granted by the FDA in May 2021. The companies also plan to submit these data to pursue regulatory approvals for this age group in other countries where emergency use authorizations or equivalents were initially granted.
About the Analysis in Adolescents 12-15 Years of Age
Results from this analysis of 2,228 trial participants build upon and confirm previously released data and demonstrate strong protection against COVID-19. From the 30 confirmed symptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the trial with and without evidence of prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, 30 cases of COVID-19 were in the placebo group and 0 cases were in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine group, corresponding to vaccine efficacy of 100% (95% confidence interval [CI, 87.5, 100.0]).
Efficacy was consistently high across gender, race and ethnicity demographics, obesity and comorbidity status. Pfizer and BioNTech plan to submit these data for scientific peer review for potential publication.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which is based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology, was developed by both BioNTech and Pfizer. BioNTech is the Marketing Authorization Holder in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries, and the holder of emergency use authorizations or equivalents in the United States (jointly with Pfizer) and other countries. Submissions to pursue regulatory approvals in those countries where emergency use authorizations or equivalent were initially granted are planned.
U.S. Indication & Authorized Use
HOW IS THE VACCINE GIVEN?
The vaccine will be given as an injection into the muscle.
WHAT IS THE INDICATION AND AUTHORIZED USE?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has received EUA from FDA to provide:
COMIRNATY® (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) is an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer for BioNTech.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Individuals should not get the vaccine if they:
Individuals should tell the vaccination provider about all of their medical conditions, including if they:
The vaccine may not protect everyone.
Side effects reported with the vaccine include:
Patients should always ask their healthcare providers for medical advice about adverse events. Individuals are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit https://www.vaers.hhs.gov or call 1-800-822-7967. In addition, side effects can be reported to Pfizer Inc. at www.pfizersafetyreporting.com or by calling 1-800-438-1985.
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