The FDA gives the green light to the emergency use of Pfizer's vaccine after the White House threatened the regulatory agency's head with his dismissal.
The Food and Drug Federation (FDA), the US drug regulator, has approved the use of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine. After obtaining the green light, the North American country will be able to begin the long-awaited vaccination in the next few days and hopes to distribute around 2.9 million doses in the first batch, which will be used to vaccinate the most vulnerable people. The United States joins the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia as the countries that will already use the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.
The FDA approval comes after the expert panel gave the go-ahead to Pfizer's vaccine on Thursday and after the White House threatened the head of the regulatory agency, Stephen Hahn, to formally authorize emergency use of the vaccine before this Saturday. Otherwise, according to CNN and the AP agency, he could be fired. In this sense, Trump also criticized, in his opinion, the slowness with which the FDA works, which he described as "a big old and slow turtle."
Whether or not because of this information, and after receiving the positive report from the expert panel, the FDA has approved the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine after not observing any complications or threats to the safety of this remedy against COVID-19, which has been tested in phase 3 on 44,000 people. The agency concludes that the vaccine is very effective in various groups of people. After hearing the news, the outgoing President, Donald Trump, commented in a video posted on his Twitter account that the treatment "will save millions of lives and end the pandemic once and for all."
50 million to Receive Vaccination Now, Mass Administration in April
Now, the United States will begin vaccinating the population. The most optimistic forecasts indicate that the first stage of vaccination will involve 15% of the population, around 50 million people. Anthony Fauci, an epidemiologist at the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has ensured that mass vaccination will begin in April after the doses have been administered to the most vulnerable.
3,000 deaths a day in the US
The vaccine's approval in the United States is great news, the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with nearly 16.29 million cases and 302,762 deaths so far in the pandemic. In addition, in recent days, the nation has hit rock bottom, setting a record for hospitalized patients and the number of deaths, which stood at 3,031 on December 12. Now, little by little, the US wants to start leaving the health crisis unleashed by COVID-19 with the vaccine's arrival. In fact, each state has presented to the White House a list of locations, mostly hospitals, where the vaccination campaign will take place.