The Federal Food and Drug Admin now will authorise the actual release order for the Covid-19 vaccine to be given to American’s on a ’emergency’ basis to combat the pandemic shortly* ….The agency is under pressure from the President to give the approval…And the infection and death numbers keep climbing to record levels daily….The Moderna virus vaccine should be the next to get approval…..
The panel questioned possible adverse reactions to the vaccine from some in the first British treatments…
But in the end?
One of there members of the advisory board said….
….’it would be “immoral and unethical” to not authorize the vaccine.’…
The key moment came at the end of the meeting when the agency asked its independent advisers: “Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine outweigh its risks for use in individuals 16 years of age and older?”
The committee voted yes.
If as expected, the FDA follows quickly with an emergency authorization, the shots will start being moved to the states within 24 hours, according to officials at Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s effort to accelerate the development and delivery of vaccines. Inoculations could begin early next week, officials say.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn confirmed Thursday in an interview on NBC’s Today show that the agency intended “to act quickly” if the committee issued a favorable recommendation….
New York Times…
The F.D.A.’s vaccine advisory panel, composed of independent scientific experts, infectious disease doctors and statisticians, voted 17 to 4, with one member abstaining, in favor of emergency authorization for people 16 and older. With rare exceptions, the F.D.A. follows the advice of its advisory panels.
With this formal blessing, the nation may finally begin to slow the spread of the virus just as infections and deaths surge, reaching a record of more than 3,000 daily deaths on Wednesday. The F.D.A. is expected to grant an emergency use authorization on Saturday, according to people familiar with the agency’s planning, though they cautioned that last-minute legal or bureaucratic requirements could push the announcement to Sunday or later.
The initial shipment of 6.4 million doses will leave warehouses within 24 hours of being cleared by the F.D.A., according to federal officials. About half of those doses will be sent across the country, and the other half will be reserved for the initial recipients to receive their second dose about three weeks later….
The British are already out with their use of the Pfizer vaccine , Canada gave it’s approval 2 days ago…
The vaccine is said to be 94% effective with two doses …50%+ with just the first dose….
China and Russia are out with their own virus vaccines….