FDA Panel Recommends COVID Vaccine Approval

FDA Panel Recommends COVID Vaccine Approval

(TargetLiberty.org) – A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) independent panel met Thursday and finally recommended a vaccine for the virus. That means the first Americans could be getting their shots by next week – if the agency approves the Pfizer vaccine.

The December 10 meeting of the FDA’s Vaccines Panel recommended the agency approve the Pfizer vaccine, which was more than 90% effective in trials for people aged 16 and older. The FDA doesn’t have to accept the panel’s recommendation but it’s likely that it will. The Pfizer vaccine was approved in the UK last week and thousands of Brits have already had their first dose.

Pfizer says it can have 2.9 million doses shipped in the US within 24 hours of approval. That means home care residents and health workers could get their first shots very soon. However, some FDA officials are reluctant to approve a vaccine yet. After criticizing the UK for “rushing” approval, they’re more concerned about being seen as cautious than saving American lives.

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