The US FDA Advisory Panel Votes In Favour Of Emergency Use Of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

A panel of outside advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted with a huge margin to endorse the emergency use of Pfizer Inc’s coronavirus vaccine.

Rohan Patil

December 11, 2020

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A lot of countries are still fighting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, The United States is one of the most affected countries in the world. In a recent turn of events, the US government’s panel of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration has voted to endorse the emergency use of Pfizer’s vaccine. This vote has paved the way for the agency to authorize the shot for the United States. Here is a look at what the panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had to say about it.

The US panel has endorsed the mass use of Pfizer vaccine. This recent vote in favour of the vaccine is likely to approve mass use of vaccine within a few days. The distributions and inoculations of Pfizer’s vaccine are expected to begin immediately after the nod. The committee of advisers voted in favour of the use of the vaccine with a massive margin of 17-4. The known benefits of Pfizer Inc’s coronavirus vaccine have outweighed the risks posed by it. The chief executive of UMass Memorial Health Care Eric Dickson mentioned that this is a historic moment. He also added that it is the best solution to get the country out of this difficult situation and help them save the lives of people.

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The panel discussed several concerns of true reports of serious allergic reactions among the vaccine recipients from Britain. The FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn had earlier said that the vaccine’s label would include the details about who the vaccine was recommended for and who would not be getting it. The panel also discussed what to advise pregnant women who were notably excluded from the study. It should also be noted that the healthcare workers consist of a large number of women who are of childbearing age who would be among the first in line to be vaccinated. The FDA has concluded that there was not enough data to support whether the vaccine should be given to pregnant women.

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The United States is currently the worst affected country. The country has reported more than 16 million COVID-19 cases till now. The death toll is also inching closer to the 300,000 mark. The country has reported more than 285,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

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