In an effort to end the pandemic, US greenlights first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
10 Tampa Bay
Published at : 09 Jan 2021
The U.S. has given the final go-ahead for the nation's first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Now, millions of doses are on standby to be shipping in a few days.
The FDA's Friday night decision comes after a U.S. government advisory panel on Thursday recommended the Food and Drug Administration grant an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The government advisory panel met virtually to scrutinize Pfizer’s data on the vaccine for any red flags. The FDA was not technically required to follow the panel's recommendation, but the agency took the guidance, calling the vaccine "safe and strongly protective."