This is NO surprise….
Big media build up….
The agency had the go ahead from the advisor board that did the final review…. States where given due dates for shipment ‘s and the FDA boss was told if he didn’t authorize to go ahead he’d be fired…..
And Donald Trump wants to make sure the vaccine IS going out before the end of the year and on HIS watch….
A second company, Moderna should be getting FDA approval for its vaccine shortly also….Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca are right behind with their virus vaccines….
The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday, clearing the way for millions of highly vulnerable people to begin receiving the vaccine within days.
The authorization was signed by the agency’s chief scientist on Friday evening, according to three people with knowledge of the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it.
The action is a historic turning point in a pandemic that has taken more than 290,000 lives in the United States. With the decision, the United States becomes the sixth country — in addition to Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico — to clear the vaccine. Other authorizations, including by the European Union, are expected within weeks.
The F.D.A.’s decision followed an extraordinary sequence of events on Friday morning when the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn, to consider looking for his next job if he didn’t get the emergency approval done on Friday, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. Dr. Hahn then ordered vaccine regulators at the agency to do it by the end of the day….