The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has finally been approved for emergency use by the US government.
After the main panel unanimously endorsed the shots on Thursday evening, December 10, Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement Friday, the Food and Drug Administration is “rapidly” moving towards clearing Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use.
In a statement on Friday, December 11, Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, said that the Food and Drug Administration is “rapidly” working to clear Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use after the shots on Thursday night were unanimously supported by a key panel.
“After the optimistic outcome of yesterday’s advisory committee meeting about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. “The sponsor has been informed by the Food and Drug Administration that it will work quickly to finalize and issue an emergency use authorization,” Hahn said in a joint statement with Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Analysis of the FDA.
“Also the department has told the U.S. Warp Pace Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Service, so they can implement their plans for timely delivery of vaccines,” Hahn and Marks said.
In a tweet, Hahn added that the FDA is finalizing the documents necessary to ensure that patients and providers have the information they need to make informed decisions and safely administer the vaccine.”
The FDA’s comments come after the FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products on Thursday voted 17 to 4 with one abstention for emergency permission to approve the vaccine produced by the company alongside BioNTech.
Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said on Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the authorization of the vaccine could arrive “in the next couple of days.”
“We’re looking at 20 million Americans being vaccinated in the coming weeks alone, up to a total of 50 million by the end of January, and we believe that by the end of February, we could have 100 million actual vaccinations in our arms,” Azar said.
President Donald Trump, who in recent weeks has become dissatisfied with the authorization process, wrote in a tweet:
‘While my pushing the money drenched but heavily bureaucratic @US_FDA saved five years in the approval of NUMEROUS great new vaccines, it is still a big, old, slow turtle. Get the dam vaccines out NOW, Dr. Hahn @SteveFDA Stop playing games and start saving lives!!!.
While my pushing the money drenched but heavily bureaucratic @US_FDA saved five years in the approval of NUMEROUS great new vaccines, it is still a big, old, slow turtle. Get the dam vaccines out NOW, Dr. Hahn @SteveFDA. Stop playing games and start saving lives!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020
FDA APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR EMERGENCY USE!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020