On November 20, 2020, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they have submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for BNT162b2, the companies’ COVID-19 mRNA vaccine candidate. If approved, some Americans could receive the vaccine as early as mid-December.
Through an accelerated clinical trial process, the potential vaccine demonstrated a 95 percent efficacy rate with no serious safety concerns to date. The companies expect to produce up to 50 million doses globally in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.
The companies have also initiated rolling submissions with regulatory agencies around the world. Upon authorization, the companies state that they will be ready to distribute the vaccine within hours.
Read Pfizer's announcement. Find out more about Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate from AP News, New York Times, and Washington Post.
Due to increasing demand for the program’s financial assistance, the individual grant award amount has been changed to $300 effective immediately. This adjustment will allow thousands of additional patients to receive meaningful financial support for nutritional needs while maximizing the reach of available funding as the number of people impacting by COVID 19 continues to accelerate.
To date, the COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program has helped more than 13,000 patients, including 1,000 emergency food deliveries made and over 12,000 financial assistance grants being provided to patients in all 50 states.
This innovative program is a collaboration between Team Rubicon (TR) and Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and provides emergency food delivery and financial assistance to people living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Who is Eligible?
Patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis who have trouble accessing or affording food or other nutritional needs due to COVID-19, with eligibility established at the point of application in most cases.
For more information, including application instructions, click here.
Amidst the unprecedented public health challenge, Astellas and its employees continue to contribute to securing the safety of patients and alleviating strain on healthcare resources during this critical time. This includes financial assistance to support local and global communities; policies focused on the well-being of its employees, healthcare professionals, and partners; employee mobilizations, and company-matched donations to humanitarian organizations. Additionally, Astellas is ensuring that patients have access to its medicines through its Pharma Support Solutions, which offers support to patients needing access and reimbursement assistance.
Read Astellas' full statement on the coronovirus.
During this unprecedented time, Merck is committed to ensuring its medicines and vaccines reach its patients and customers. This includes supporting patients who might need more help today with their medications, including those who are unemployed or have lost insurance coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn about what support options may be available, visit Merck's Access and Patient Assistance information page.
For more details about Merck’s response to the coronavirus, visit its COVID-19 information page.
In response to COVID-19, Sanofi Genzyme is committed to helping patients. Through its CareASSIST Patient Assistance Program, eligible patients will receive assistance with access and support for their prescribed treatment.
Read the summary on the CareASSIST program.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck is focused on protecting the safety of its employees and their families, ensuring that its supply of medicines and vaccines reach its patients, contributing its scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches, and supporting healthcare providers and their communities.
Read the press release for more information on Merck's response to COVID-19.
In light of the developing situation around COVID-19, Bristol Myers Squibb would like to share immediate action they are taking to support the health and well-being of patients, customers, and employees during this time.
Bristol Myers Squibb is expanding its longstanding patient support programs to help eligible unemployed patients in the U.S. who have lost their health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The expanded program offers access to BMS medicine for free.
Read the expanded patient support program overview.
The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has partnered with CancerCare to provide free local transportation to patients during the COVID-19 national emergency. This program will provide free transportation for patients to and from their community oncology provider. Working with a nationwide transportation provider, practices will be able to organize free local transportation to and from appointments in clean vehicles.
Community oncology practices must register to be part of this program. Simply fill out this form and COA will provide you with details on how to book travel for patients needing transportation.
Genentech takes the health and safety of its patients, customers, employees, and local communities very seriously, and are actively responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Genentech knows that needs will continue to emerge over the coming weeks and months, and they are closely monitoring and evaluating the situation as it evolves.
For more information on Genentech's response to COVID-19, please visit its website.
As COVID-19 continues to have an increased impact on our communities, AbbVie continues its focus on the health and safety of employees, healthcare professionals, and patients. AbbVie is collaborating with select health authorities and institutions globally on clinical research related to COVID-19.
For more information on AbbVie's response to COVID-19, please visit its website.