Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent times when the first Americans will finally receive Kovid-19 vaccine shots.
On December 10, an advisory committee from the Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to grant Pfizer an emergency use authority for its vacant candidate. After the vote, the decision goes to the FDA.
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A Center for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group recommended on Tuesday that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities should be in the first line for vaccines. The CDC is expected to accept the recommendation.
FDA scientists are reviewing data on two vaccine candidates, created by Pfizer and Modern. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing for Operation Tana Pace on Wednesday, according to the government’s effort to fast track vaccination, 20 million people are expected to have sufficient doses to vaccinate.
But even though the FDA’s group of independent vaccine experts voted to recommend authorizing the Pfizer vaccine, it is still unclear whether the agency will make a final decision immediately after the December 10 meeting to authorize it for emergency use. Be done, a necessary step before its shots. Are administered.
The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of an external panel of experts, but it usually is.
An Operation Tana Speed document obtained by NBC News referred a possible four-day window – December 15, to a potential emergency use authority, with the vaccine beginning with a December 15 delivery, although dates may be subject to change Huh.
Army General Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Tana Speed, said on a call with reporters on Wednesday that the goal is to deliver the vaccine within 24 hours after being authorized for emergency use.
“That’s our goal, that’s what we’re trying for it, and that’s what we’re working on,” Perna said.
Government of New York. Andrew Cuomo What was said One tweet states that he expects the state to receive sufficient doses of the Pfizer vaccine to cover 170,000 people on December 15 “if all safety and efficacy are approved.”
However, the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Drs. Peter Marks said last month that the official signoff from the agency could be the week after or the December 10 meeting.
“Clearly we’re working to get this done as soon as possible, and you’ve heard in the media that will happen within a few days,” Marx said during a livestreamed talk with his family vaccinated by a lawyer group . “It is possible that this can happen within days. But our goal is to make sure that it is definitely within a few weeks.”
Hospitals across the country have the potential and with the anticipation of “increased emphasis” of new cases, as Drs. As Anthony Fauci warned in NBC News’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, the need for a vaccine is important. The pressure for the FDA to accelerate time intensified on Wednesday when the United Kingdom became the first country to approve the Pfizer and BioNotech Kovid-19 vaccines.
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But Dr. Vaccine, a vaccine researcher at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia, a member of the FDA advisory committee. Paul Offit said that he does not think the FDA should pursue the meeting.
In an interview with Jama Network on Wednesday, Offit said, “You’re really talking about a week. You’re not talking about two months from now.” “I don’t see it as a huge difference.”
In an email, Offit said it is “hard to know” when Americans will finally receive shots. “But the best estimate would be by the end of December, early January,” he said.
Norman Boiler, president and CEO of Biologics Consulting, a former director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccine Research and Review, agreed.
“It’s hard to answer with all the unknown people in front of us,” Boiler wrote in an email. “If everything is right and there are no pressing concerns,” it is possible that the first shot in people’s hands may be “by the end of the year,” he said.
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Monica alba has contributed.